ST.JOHN’S , Antigua, CMC- Off-spinner Sunil Narine has been added to the West Indies squad for the three Tests against New Zealand to be played next month, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Thursday.
Narine has played five Tests, including two against the New Zealanders.
His inclusion came after offspinner Shane Shillingford and part-time spinner Marlon Samuels were reported for suspect actions during West Indies’ recent tour of India.
Match officials have raised concerns about Samuels’ faster ball and Shillingford’s doosra.
They are both headed to Perth, Australia with West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson for independent testing.
However Shillingford and Samuels are eligible to play in the first Test, starting in Dunedin on Tuesday, as they are cleared to play until the independent testing results have been submitted to the sport’s world governing body, the ICC.
The two are expected to rejoin the squad at the weekend.
Kraigg Brathwaite, who was named in the Windies Test squad as replacement for the injured Chris Gayle is awaiting the processing of a New Zealand visa and an Australian transit visa before departing the Caribbean.