Report: Veteran Batsman Ends World Cup Speculation

Sunil Narine Confirms No Return to West Indies for T20 World Cup

Narine’s Firm Stand Despite IPL Success

Sunil Narine, the seasoned all-rounder, has decisively declared his non-participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup hosted by the West Indies and USA. Despite his exceptional performance with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, where he leads the MVP standings, Narine has confirmed that his days playing for the West Indies team are behind him.

During a recent spectacular display, Narine scored an unbeaten 109 from 56 deliveries against the Rajasthan Royals, marking his first T20 century. This feat has certainly caused a stir, but Narine remains steadfast. “That door is now closed,” he stated, setting aside any speculation of a dramatic comeback.

Performance Peaks Not Shifting Narine’s Stance

Currently, Narine is not only making headlines for his batting but also excels with the ball. As KKR’s joint top wicket-taker, he has claimed nine wickets at an impressive average of 22.11. His economical bowling rate stands at 7.10, reinforcing his pivotal role in the team.

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Despite this formidable form, Rovman Powell, the T20I captain for the West Indies, has acknowledged the ongoing efforts to persuade Narine over the past year. The team is gearing up for its first home World Cup since 2007, and having a player of Narine’s calibre could have been a significant boost.

Narine’s Retirement and Final Decision

However, Narine, who retired from international cricket in November 2023 and last represented the West Indies in 2019, remains unmoved by the calls for his return. In a heartfelt statement released by KKR, Narine expressed his gratitude and humility over the public’s desire for his comeback. “I’m truly flattered and humbled that my performances recently have moved many people to publicly express their wish for me to come out of retirement and play in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” he wrote.

Despite the overwhelming support, Narine is content with his decision to retire. “I have made peace with that decision and whilst I never wish to disappoint, that door is now closed and I will be supporting the guys who take the field in June for West Indies,” he concluded.

Narine’s commitment to supporting his former teammates from the sidelines underscores his dedication and respect for the game and his team, past and present.

Best Wishes to Team West Indies

Narine extends his best wishes to the players selected, emphasizing their hard work and the hopes of the fans for securing another championship title. His endorsement serves as a morale booster for a team eager to excel on home ground.

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