Kieron Pollard, the West Indies white-ball captain, has stated that his friend and in-form spinner Sunil Narine will not be included in the 15-man roster for the T20 World Cup, which will begin on October 17 in the UAE and Oman. Narine was not selected for the World Cup after failing to fulfil the board’s minimal fitness requirements, although he has been in outstanding form in the present Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates.

Narine has not played international cricket since August 2019 due to a variety of factors, and he was left out of the West Indies’ T20 World Cup team when it was released last month. At the time, lead selector Roger Harper said,”For a team like West Indies in a tournament of such scale, Sunil Narine is a huge loss. Any team would miss having a bowler of that calibre on their roster, but… [he] did not meet our fitness requirements.”

“It’s been explained to you and if I add my two cents or my thoughts on how his exclusion occurred, it might be spun in a variety of directions, just like his bowling on these Sharjah wickets. Let’s deal with the fifteen guys we have here right now, which is more essential, and see if we can rally around them and seize the initiative”.

Pollard also said that his squad will continue to take a knee in protest of racism before games throughout the World Cup. “Based on my current knowledge, I feel it is something we will continue to do because it is something we as a team really believe in. Hopefully, we can continue to demonstrate our support for a cause that I believe is near and dear to our hearts.”, Pollard stated.