Newly appointed West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin believes the West Indies selectors were well within their rights, exclude off-spinner Sunil Narine for Sunday’s opening Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park.
“The decision to not consider Narine was up to the board. They have their policy in terms of when he had to get back,” Ramdin told reporters shortly after he and his teammates arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday.
“I guess they set a standard, and everybody has to obey that standard now,” the Trinidad and Tobago national said.
Narine, whose mystery spin has been a revelation since arriving on the international scene in 2009, was not considered for selection for the Test after failing to report in time for a pre-New Zealand series West Indies training camp in Barbados.
He was required to attend the camp a minimum of seven days before the first match, however, due to his club team, Kolkota Knight Riders, contesting the final of the Indian Premier League last Sunday, June 1, he was unable to do so.
The Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Sports Anil Roberts wrote to the Board asking that Narine be considered for selection but the Board president Dave Cameron gave no favourable response.
Ramdin, in the meantime, is hopeful that his fellow Trinidadian will be able to be a part of West Indies’ contingent for the second and third Tests, which will be held in Trinidad and Barbados, respectively.
“The selectors have named their team, and hopefully, come the second or third Test, he is back in the team. You never know,” he said.
The 26-year-old Narine, who played a lead role in Kolkata Knight Riders winning back-to-back titles on Sunday, made his Test debut in 2012.
He has since played six Tests and has taken a pedestrian 21 wickets at an average of 40.52.
His record, however, in the shorter formats of the game has been much more impressive.
He has taken 69 wickets at a moderate 26.97 in 49 one-day internationals, and 36 wickets at an impressive 17.44 in 29 Twenty20 Internationals.