Kieron Polard pulled out due to injury © Getty Images
Kieron Polard pulled out due to injury © Getty Images

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: All-rounder Kieron Pollard and off-spinner Sunil Narine withdrew from the West Indies World Twenty20 squad Friday but officials insisted the moves were not sparked by the current pay dispute engulfing the team. Pollard, 28, pulled out due to injury while 27-year-old Narine said he was under-prepared as he serves out an international suspension for a suspect bowling action. Carlos Brathwaite has been drafted to replace Pollard while a replacement for Narine has not yet been named. “Kieron Pollard withdrew from the squad citing a lack of sufficient progress in his rehabilitative work (injury sustained in December) and hence won’t be fit for tournament. Sunil Narine withdrew citing insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work on his bowling action. He is currently banned from bowling in international cricket,” said a spokeswoman for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The West Indies squad is currently at loggerheads with the WICB over payments for the World Twenty20 in India in March. The players have been given until Sunday to sign their contracts for the tournament.

Earlier, in 2015, Pollard was also ruled out of the Big Bash League ( BBL), Australia’s domestic Twenty20 tournament, after suffering from knee injury. Confirming the news, South Australian Cricket Association ( SACA) chief Tim Nielsen said they are hoping Pollard recover fully from his injury, reported ANI. While officials monitoring the remodelled action of the West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine say he is now bowling within limits stipulated by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Local match referee Michael Ragoonath and cricket administrator Jeffrey Guillen both said they saw nothing to be concerned about while watching Narine’s new action in local matches over the weekend, reports CMC.