BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AFTER announcing his retirement from international cricket, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has thanked Trinidadian Sunil Narine “for his service to West Indies cricket during his international career”.
Narine recently announced his retirement from international and regional List A cricket on Sunday, ahead of the final preliminary match for Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the CG United Super50 Cup.
In a comment, Cricket West Indies Director of Cricket, Miles Bascombe said: “On behalf of CWI I would like to thank Sunil Narine for his contribution to the West Indies during his time on the international stage. He was the kind of bowler who excited fans and brought them to the game. He was the ‘X’ factor in the West Indies bowling attack and produced some amazing spells.”
The 35-year-old Narine made his debut for the West Indies in India in 2011 and his last appearance was also against India in Guyana in 2019. He played in West Indies colours in 122 matches, which included 6 Tests, 65 appearances in One-Day International (ODI) and 51 in T20 International (T20I) cricket.
The spinner was a member of the West Indies team which won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2012 when they beat Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
In his retirement statement, the alrounder said he appreciates it has been over 4 years since he last played for the West Indies, noting that it is time for him to retire.
He thanked his family, Cricket West Indies, the coaching staff, the passionate West Indies fans and of course my teammates “who enabled me play at the highest level, in all formats and with some memorable successes”.
“I am also taking this opportunity to bow out of domestic 50 over cricket. I love representing Trinidad & Tobago, the country of my birth, and to add another title by winning this current Super50 Cup will be the perfect send off.
“Needless to say, outside of this it will continue to be business as usual for me in the franchise world for the foreseeable future,” he explained.
Narine represented the West Indies in all three formats. He played six Tests and took 21 wickets with best bowling figures of 6-91 against New Zealand in Hamilton. In 65 One-Day Internationals he took 92 wickets including a best of 6-27 vs South Africa in Guyana in 2016. He also took 52 wickets in 51 T20 Internationals, with best returns of 4-12 against New Zealand in Fort Lauderdale in 2012 to help secure the series victory.
Narine’s final representation for his home team, the Red Force, will be against the Guyana Harpy Eagles in the regional Super50 Competition at the Brian Lara Academy.