Bangalore: A well-placed source associated with the Kolkata Knight Riders has told The Telegraph that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)’s media release, put out late on Friday, wasn’t “accurate” in stating Sunil Narine’s position.
The media release included the following: “Narine subsequently advised the WICB, on May 28, that he would not be able to meet the June 1 requirement.”
Narine had to report at a preparatory camp in Barbados, ahead of the Test and T20I series against New Zealand, by Sunday.
As Narine chose to make himself available for the IPL VII final, against the Kings XI Punjab, he ruled himself out of consideration for the three-Test series. Two T20Is will follow the longest format.
According to the well-placed source, Narine had informed that WICB that he’d meet the June 1 deadline “if” the Knights didn’t make the final.
Narine wasn’t available for comment.
The WICB has endorsed the ‘Windies First Policy’ of director of cricket Richard Pybus, but should there not be a degree of flexibility?
For the record, the Test series only starts on June 8.