ICC World Twenty20: All-rounder Kieron Pollard, spinner Sunil Narine out of West Indies squad

Windies officials on Friday insisted the moves were not sparked by the current pay dispute engulfing the team. 

Updated: Feb 12, 2016, 23:59 PM IST
ICC World Twenty20: All-rounder Kieron Pollard, spinner Sunil Narine out of West Indies squad

New Delhi: West Indies were served with a big blow as two of their genuine match-winners has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup starting from March 8 in India.

West Indies team is surrounded by controversies as disputes between the board and players continues which in turn has threatened the idea of sending out their main team.

Windies officials on Friday insisted the moves were not sparked by the current pay dispute engulfing the team. 

Pollard has pulled out due to injury, while 27-year-old Narine said he was under-prepared for the mege event given his international suspension for a suspect bowling action.

Big hitting Carlos Brathwaite has been drafted to replace Pollard while a replacement for Narine has not yet been named. 

"Kieron Pollard withdrew from the squad citing a lack of sufficient progress in his rehabilitative work (injury sustained in December) and hence won't be fit for tournament," said a spokeswoman for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"Sunil Narine withdrew citing insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work on his bowling action. He is currently banned from bowling in international cricket."

(With agency inputs)