Sunil Narine chooses IPL over West Indies

The off-spinner had been expected to join up with the squad for training on June 1, a week before the first Test begins in Kingston.

According to the West Indies Cricket Board, Narine advised them on Wednesday he would be unable to arrive on June 1 due to the Kolkata Knights Riders’ IPL final on that day against Kings XI Punjab.

As a result, the WICB said Narine would not be considered for the Test series.

He is available for selection for the two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand in July.

WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus said insufficient preparation meant they had no choice but to exclude Narine.

“The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times,” he said in a statement.

“International cricket, and specifically Test cricket, is priority and requires dedicated preparation which is integral to team success.

“The WICB policy requires players to commit to sufficient preparation leading in to a series as part of a culture of excellence.”

West Indies training squad: Denesh Ramdin (c), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.

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