ROSEAU, Dominica: Sunil Narine returns to the West Indies fold with the mystery spinner seeking to maintain his stranglehold over New Zealand in the back-to-back T20 Internationals starting from today at Windsor Park in Dominica.
Narine was declared ineligible by the host board for the three Test series, which the tourists won 2-1, due to his inability to join the mandatory training camp.
His decision to stay with the Kolkata Knight Riders reaped dividends with the franchise lifting the IPL title for the second time in three seasons.
Now though, he has the chance to extend an impressive record of 12 wickets for 120 runs in five T20 Internationals against the Black Caps and also fuel speculation that his presence in the Test side could have made a critical difference in the series loss.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s captain may be tempted to put himself at the top of the order alongside all-rounder Jimmy Neesham given that the trio who shared opening duties in the Tests - Tom Latham, Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford - may not be considered ideal for the frenetic pace of the shortest form of the game.
Another hard-hitting all-rounder, Corey Anderson, will finally get his chance to feature in international matches on the tour after being sidelined by a neck injury ahead of the Tests.AFP