Sunil Narine withdraws himself from West Indies World Cup 2015 squad

In a shocking blow for West Indies, world ranked number two One-Day International (ODI) bowler Sunil Narine pulled out of the World Cup squad on Tuesday, saying he needed more time to work on his bowling acting.

Narine has undergone remedial work after being suspended from last year’s Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) for an illegal action. The 26-year old was ruled to have exceeded the 15-degree flexion allowance and he believes he still needs time before playing the World Cup.

As reported by Cricketcountry, Narine was quoted as saying, “Whilst I am very happy with the progress made to date with my action ..I am withdrawing from the World Cup.”

“Going into the World Cup is a little too much too soon and, after consulting the WICB, for both West Indies and my sake we have decided to delay my return to international cricket until I am 100% confident in all that I do.”

The West Indies board stood firmly behind Narine’s decision to withdraw and the WICB statement read, “Narine has taken a positive approach to his remedial work, remains in an optimistic frame of mind and looks forward to returning to international cricket at the earliest opportunity,.”

It added: “The WICB supports Narine’s decision to withdraw from the CWC squad as to risk his exposure to the intensity of the Cricket World Cup would be both unfair to him and the West Indies squad. A replacement will be named shortly.”

West Indies play their first World Cup match against Ireland on February 16 and are pitted against India, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates in Group B.