West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard has said that not having Sunil Narine during the 20-20 World Cup is a big loss for West Indies. He, however, feels that the team is placed well in terms of quality and depth and will be a force to reckon with. West Indies kick off their campaign against England on Saturday (October 23). Pollard sounded confident of doing well with the available resources and feels his team can go all the way.
Speaking about Narine, he was seen in good form during the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL). He picked up 16 wickets in 14 games and was instrumental in Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) reaching the finals. Pollard admitted that Narine would have added a lot of quality to the team.
“In terms of Sunil Narine, obviously he’s a big miss for any team. It’s something that we sort of can’t question in terms of his ability and his talent on what he has achieved, not only in the IPL, what he has done in CPL, what he has done over the years as a spinner, maybe one of the greatest spinners, to play this format of the game. Yes, we accept it’s a big miss for us, and it’s something that as a team we would have liked to have,” said Pollard according to News 18.
The West Indies skipper also said it is necessary to move on from Narine and try to perform well in the 20-20 World Cup. "It’s very, very unfortunate at this point in time, so for me, it’s not a matter of trying to harp on it, but we just have to deal with what’s in front of us of not having him, and trying to just go on and move on from this.”
Narine has not played for West Indies since August 2019, mainly because of the controversy surrounding his bowling action and poor fitness.