It's Kolkata Knight Riders vs West Indies for Sunil Narine as IPL 7 final looms

May 30 2014, 14:52 IST
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cricket to thrive and to grow, they (the players) have to make themselves available," Muirhead said at the time. "At the same time, we don't want to limit the amount or prevent their opportunities to earn."

"We are not victimizing him (Narine) in any way," Muirhead stated. "Like all the players, he was aware of the stipulation under the NOC (No Objection Clause) well in advance."

Mysore on his part said that they are ready to put Narine on the first available flight after the final and he would be in Jamaica, latest by June 3.

"He has been a vital cog in our team since he joined us in 2012," Mysore said. "He is the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2014 with 20 wickets but, just as importantly, he has been a tremendous team-man."

The NOC released West Indies players for the IPL with the stipulation that they would be available no later than one week before a Test series. The camp, currently held in Barbados, wraps up on June 3. It is, according to Muirhead, the opportunity for "meaningful practice and developing the team ethic".

As per reports, Narine has also been in touch with former West Indies opener Wavell Hinds, who is the president and chief executive of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

Muirhead also added that when the NOC was signed there were no scheduled matches or tours in 2014 during the period of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) or the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL final has thrown a spanner into the works.

Muirhead said Narine and Gayle, who travelled to Germany from his IPL stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore for treatment on his back injury, had advised the WICB on June 24 that they would be back by June 1.

That changed for Narine in the past two weeks as KKR, at one point seemingly out of contention, reeled off eight consecutive victories to qualify for the final.

The spinning options for West Indies in the first Test are left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who is making a comeback after having taken corrective measures for his suspect action.

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