West Indies cricket legend and team manager Sir Richie Richardson is confident that off-spinner Sunil Narine will bounce back stronger after being suspended from the Champions League T20 for suspect action.
Sunil Narine and Sir Richie Richardson
Narine was on Saturday withdrawn from the West Indies squad as a precautionary measure by the West Indies Cricket Board although the CLT20 ruling would not have hampered his international participation as he was reported for suspect action in a tournament governed by the Indian board.
Speaking on the sidelines of the West Indies practice session at the Wankhede Stadium on the eve of their second warm-up match against India 'A', Richardson said: "It's unfortunate. He has just got to go home, think about it and come back. And I know that that's his approach, that's his attitude.
"He would obviously be disappointed, but he is not down. Knowing the character that he is, he's not gonna let that get him down. He is gonna come back with a bang. And he is gonna come back an even better bowler.
"These things will happen and it's how well you handle these crisis that proves the strength of character that you have. I know he is a very strong individual."
Richardson is confident of beating the hosts. "We just have to focus on what we have to do. Sometimes when you lose a major player, other players dig deeper, somebody else comes to the fore," the former West Indian captain said.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn will replace mystery spinner Sunil Narine. The 33-year-old Barbados player will join the team on Monday at Kochi, the venue for the first ODI. WICB's selection committee chief, Clive Lloyd has expressed disappointment with the way the CLT20 organisers dealt with Narine's matter.
Former West Indies skipper and current chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd offers some batting tips to all-rounder Marlon Samuels during a practice session on the eve of their second warm-up match against India 'A' at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Pic/Atul Kamble