West Indies World Cup squad: Sunil Narine misses international cricket, vows to return
Sunil Narine has not represented West Indies since 2017. © AFP

Not named in West Indies‘ 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on account of a finger injury, Sunil Narine has stated that being considered makes him feel “really happy” and he now hopes to play international cricket again.

Having informed Cricket West Indies in January that he did not have sufficient faith to bowl a full quota of 10 overs, which at the time seemingly ruled him out of the World Cup, Narine was informed that the selectors discussed his name for this summer’s tournament in England.

When the West Indies squad was named on Wednesday, Narine’s name was missing and the interim chairman of selectors Robert Haynes said that the allrounder was ultimately not selected because of the finger injury he sustained a few months ago which restricts him to short spells of bowling.

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Narine, however, was glad to hear that his name had been discussed for the World Cup.

“I’m really happy that the selectors considered me,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “It shows they have faith in me. I haven’t played international cricket in so long and this shows how much they want me to come back. It was good to have some conversations with them and I feel we’re all on the same page going forward.

“I would have loved to play in the World Cup. I have missed international cricket and I’ve missed representing West Indies. It’s where my heart lies. But I don’t feel my finger is quite ready for ODI cricket. I can get through a T20 where I bowl just four overs. But even that isn’t easy and I need help from the physio. It’s holding me back from playing international cricket. I wouldn’t be able to do myself or the team justice.”

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Narine, who has not played an ODI since October 2016, has been in average form as a bowler in the ongoing IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and his occasional cameos as an opener have been exciting to watch.

He is now determined to start bowling more overs in a bid to represent West Indies again.

“International cricket is where I want to be,” he said. “Once I’m able to give the team my all, I’d like to be back there helping West Indies win games.”