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Sunil Narine withdraws from West Indies' World Cup squad

Sunil Narine has withdrawn from West Indies' World Cup squad as he continues to work on his remodelled action.

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West Indies will have to cope without Sunil Narine at the upcoming Cricket World Cup after it was announced on Tuesday that the spinner has withdrawn from the squad.

Narine was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Champions League Twenty20 in September, and has not featured for his country since August.

Despite that absence, Narine was included in West Indies' 15-man party for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which is due to get under way next month.

But on Tuesday, his withdrawal was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"Narine has undergone intense remedial work on his bowling action and preliminary tests have shown him bowling all his deliveries under the 15 degrees flexion allowance," a statement read.

"However, he requires more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his new action."

Narine added: "Playing for Red Force and winning the NAGICO Super50 has been a big boost, but going in to the World Cup is a little too much too soon and, after consulting the WICB, for both West Indies and my sake we have decided to delay my return to international cricket until I am 100 per cent confident in all that I do."

"Whilst I am very happy with the progress made to date with my action, and I express my thanks to the coaches working with me in Trinidad and Dr. Daryl Foster in Perth, Australia, I am withdrawing from the World Cup.

"I would like to thank the WICB for their support and wish the West Indies team the very best for the World Cup campaign."

Narine has been a star performer for West Indies in 50-over cricket and boasts 73 ODI wickets at an average of 26.

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