Sunil Narine KKR

Sunil Narine, the West Indies all-rounder, has definitively shut down any hopes of a comeback for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In a statement issued by his IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Narine confirmed that he has “made peace” with his retirement decision from international cricket.

This comes after a recent resurgence of form in the ongoing IPL season. Narine, currently the joint-highest wicket-taker for KKR and a successful opening batsman, sparked speculation about a potential return to the West Indies squad. Captain Rovman Powell even publicly expressed his desire to have Narine back for the World Cup, co-hosted by the West Indies and USA in June.

However, Narine has put those rumors to rest. He acknowledged the appreciation for his recent performances but stated, “That door is now closed.” He expressed his support for the team that will take the field in June.

Narine retired from international cricket in late 2023. The 35-year-old has been a vital cog in the West Indies’ white-ball success over the years, boasting a reputation as a mystery spinner and a handy batsman. His absence will be a significant blow to the team’s T20 World Cup aspirations.

This news will come as a disappointment to West Indies fans who were hoping to see Narine back in national colors. However, Narine’s decision to focus on franchise cricket highlights the increasing trend of players prioritizing leagues over international commitments.