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Cricket fans in T&T will be happy with the news that mystery spinner Sunil Narine will be coming home for the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament this year.
Narine who has been playing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the past three years, is set to be transferred to the T&T Knight Riders for the 2016 edition. Guardian Media understands that the move will take place within the next two weeks.
Narine was Amazon Warriors marquee player for the first three years but with the pool of players opened up now, the Warriors is set to transfer him to the T&T Knight Riders. However, Narine’s availability for the CPL will depend on the results of the upcoming tests on his bowling action, which is expected to take place at the end of the month at Loughborough University in England.
Narine, earlier this month, was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and then subsequently by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was reported for an illegal bowling action last November in Sri Lanka while representing the West Indies in a One-Day International Series.
He is currently undergoing rehabilitative work on his bowling action and is being assisted by David Furlonge, the Queen’s Park coach, and Kelvin Williams, national assistant coach, and head of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board’s (TTCB) Technical Committee on Suspect Bowling Actions.
Narine’s progress will be closely monitored by his coach and the bowling consultant from England Carl Crowe, as he looks to put his game right before the World T20 in India in March and the Indian Premier League T20 tournament that follows.
Narine’s move to T&T was always on the cards, since Red Chillies Entertainment bought the franchise last year. Red Chillies also owns the Kolkata Knight Riders which Narine campaigns for in the IPL. As Narine goes to Loughborough for his tests, there will be tremendous interest from all parties, as he is expected to play a major role for the West Indies at the World T20, and the Kolkata Knight Riders and T&T Knight Riders in the domestic T20 tournaments.
Narine suits up for QPCC
Meanwhile, the embattled player is set to represent his local club Queen’s Park during the 2016 domestic season which blows-off later this month. Information from a senior executive member of the T&T Cricket Board: “Narine is from Trinidad and Tobago and falls under the umbrella of the TTCB. We just could not bury our heads and not discuss the matter concerning Narine. It was brought up as just a matter of interest and there was never any intention or direction to ban the player from taking part in the domestic tournament.”
The official explained: “Because the ICC has indicated that the call to allow Narine to play or not has to come from the respective boards. The matter has been referred to the National League Committee and it is just a discussion that will take place between the committee and officials of Queen’s Park Cricket Club.”
The domestic tournament gets going on January 30 and Narine is expected to line-up with the Parkites, as he work on getting back into the game fulltime.
Narine was called for an illegal bowling action during the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka recently and failed a subsequent test on his action at Loughborough University in London.