Narine to play for KKR in Champions League T20

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Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 13:10 [IST]
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CLT20: Sunil Narine to play for KKR

New Delhi, Jul 26: West Indies' mystery spinner Sunil Narine will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament to be held in South Africa in October this year.

The West Indies spinner who represented Trinidad and Tobago last year, played a vital role in Kolkata Knight Riders' maiden IPL triumph in the fifth edition of the cash-rich league this year.

Narine, took 24 wickets to emerge as the second highest wicket-taker in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League this year.

But according to Trinidad and Tobago release, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard would play for Trinidad and Tobago following country's sports minister's declaration that the government would compensate the players accordingly in order to field a balanced team.

"We want the best team. Some of the Indian teams, the owners are obviously a bit upset because they would love to have Sunil Narine, Pollard and Bravo but I told them quite upfront that we are being professional, that we are not holding anything in secret. We are not going to wait until the last minute and then steal the players from under them," Anil Roberts, Sports Minister told Cricinfo.

While Pollard played for Mumbai Indians, Dwayne Bravo was a part of the two-time champs Chennai Super Kings' squad and had played for their respective IPL teams in last year's Champions League T20 tournament.

But Kolkata Knight Riders' team director Joy Bhattacharjya had tweeted saying that Sunil Narine would represent the IPL team and not Trinidad and Tobago during the Champions League T20 to be played in South Africa in October.

Trinidad & Tobago unfortunately after receiving a compensation of $1.1 million to release both the players, could not progress beyond the group stages of the tournament.

T&T will be playing a qualifying round first, and the top two teams from the qualifying round progress to the main tournament. With their team topping the qualifying group last year, Trinidad and Tobago hope to better it this time as they have two quality players who played a vital role for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings playing for their home team.


Story first published:  Thursday, July 26, 2012, 11:57 [IST]
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