West Indies to face Black Caps without Narine

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 05:00 01/06/2014
Sunil Narine
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The Black Caps will face a weakened home bowling attack in this month's cricket tour of the West Indies.

Sunil Narine will not be considered for selection by West Indies selectors after deciding to remain with the Kolkata Knight Riders for tomorrow's Indian Premier League (IPL) final.

With the New Zealand squad already in the Caribbean ahead of next week's first test in Kingston, the West Indies Cricket Board had given off-spinner Narine a deadline of June 1 to join his team-mates in a training camp.

However, Narine will still be in India on IPL final deadline day and was ruled out of the three-test series - but is available for selection for two Twenty20 matches against New Zealand next month.

"The onus of the WICB is to protect the integrity of international cricket at all times," said WICB director of cricket Richard Pybus.

"International cricket, and specifically test cricket, is priority and requires dedicated preparation which is integral to team success. The WICB policy requires players to commit to sufficient preparation leading into a series as part of a culture of excellence."

Fellow off-spinner Shane Shillingford and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn are the Windies' other spin attack options - with Benn out of test cricket over three years.

The news of the Windies losing a key bowler will be a boost to a Black Caps squad which struggled in a warmup match against a Jamaican X1 on Thursday and Friday.

The two-day match saw New Zealand splutter to 112-6, declared, and then have to rely on international debutant Mark Craig to come to the rescue. Off-spinner Craig took three late wickets for 17 runs as the match played out to a draw.

Tom Latham top-scored with the bat for the Black Caps with 33, with Ish Sodi 22 not out and Luke Ronchi 21. Trent Boult was the most expensive of the Kiwi bowlers with his five overs going for 25 runs, no wickets and no maidens. Neil Wagner was the only Black Cap other than Craig to take a wicket, picking up a brace for 18 runs off 4.4 overs.

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