Narine withdrawn from Windies squad

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Controversial spinner Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the West Indies side that will take on India in the upcoming series between the two countries after he was banned from bowling in Saturday's Champions League Twenty20 final.

Controversial spinner Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the West Indies side that will take on India in the upcoming series between the two countries after he was banned from bowling in Saturday's Champions League Twenty20 final.

Narine was banned from bowling in events organised by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), like the CLT20 and the IPL, but his withdrawal from the national side suggests that the scrutiny over his bowling action has now extended to the international game.

"The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket," a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) release stated.

WICB's chairman of selection committee Clive Lloyd was disappointed with the way the 26-year-old Narine was treated by the organisers of the Champions League T20 and feels the controversy over his bowling action should have been dealt with differently.

"I am disappointed that our best bowler could suddenly be out of the tour. I am quite disappointed about the procedure that surrounded the 'calling' of Sunil in the Champions Trophy tournament. These things have the potential to disrupt the team's preparation for a critical series against India but we will have to overcome this hurdle," Lloyd said.

"We would like some clarity from the authorities on what led to the present situation and the details as we move forward. I think there must be a better way of doing the right things."

While a replacement for Narine is expected to be named shortly, his absence means there is no specialist spinner in the Windies squad.

The West Indies will face India in five ODIs, a T20 match and three Tests, starting on October 8.

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