Sunil Narine is in a deep state of quandary with the IPL final scheduled on June 1. The West Indian needs to join the national team camp, the same day the finals have been scheduled for their upcoming Test series against New Zealand. His absence from the national camp could result in his exclusion from the national team.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Michael Murihead has also made it clear that anyone who breaches would not be considered for selection. Narine is aware of the consequences. ''The WICB should not force the issue as well,'' said Anshuman Gaekwad, former Indian coach. One also needs to remember that the WICB had already extended the deadline from May 22 to June 1 due to the participation of the West Indian players in the IPL.
With the Test series starting from June 8, Sunil Narine can be rushed back to the Caribbean in the first flight after the finals, as per KKR officials. Gaekwad further added, ''If there was a Test match to be played on the same day, then it was understandable for Narine to head back, but it is just a team camp.'' IPL final is an important event, irrespective of any sporting camp. With an established cricketer like Sunil Narine, an IPL final may prepare him better for the Test series than any national camp. ''Had it been some other country, this situation would not have even come to the forefront. They would have allowed the player to play,'' said Gaekwad.
KKR may not be able to do anything if the player decides to leave for the camp, but, remains unlikely. He has been one of the most important players in the IPL for KKR having taken 20 wickets in the competition so far. His absence from the team would be a huge loss to KKR.
It is at this juncture that the ICC needs to look into the matter. All such international matches are held under the flag of the ICC. ''IPL is not a private tournament, but has been approved by the ICC. Hence, the ICC should intervene in the present matter over Narine and WICB,'' said Gaekwad.
KKR has roped Narine for huge sum of money, which just adds to the pressure to represent the franchise and on the other hand, there is a question of one's country also. Such cases brings the nation vs club debate in the open, which in itself raises the need for a separate IPL window. Had a separate IPL window been created, this situation would not have even come to the forefront.
But, Gaekwad does not think it is possible to have a separate IPL window. He said, ''An IPL window would always be an ideal situation. But, it is not possible for a separate IPL window, considering the amount of cricket that is played now-a-days.''