Narine wants to win ICC Award
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies spin bowler Sunil Narine says he believes he has done enough to win the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year award which will be announced at the annual International Cricket Council’s Awards gala at the Water’s Edge at 4:30 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean Time/6 am Jamaica Time).
Narine is on a short list that also includes New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell, Sri Lankan top-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, and James Pattinson, the Australian pacer.
“It would mean a lot to me to win this award” Narine said. “I will just hope and see what happens tomorrow night (Saturday night). It’s a privilege to be nominated”.
Narine made his Test debut in England in June and has so far taken 12 wickets in three Tests, including a match-winning 5-132 against New Zealand in the first Test in Antigua in July.
He played a pivotal role as the Windies won both matches in the two-match rubber.
“Now coming onto the scene and being up for an award is a good feeling” said Narine. “It’s through hard work and dedication which has brought me to this point. I look forward to being nominated for a lot more awards”.
Narine has played 15 One-Day Internationals and has taken 28 wickets at 18.82 runs per wicket. He was brilliant in the recent Digicel Series against New Zealand – which the Windies won 4-1 – and was named the Digicel Player of the Series.
“When I was called up for the West Indies team I was just looking to fit in, work hard and try and maintain my place in the team,” Narine said. “I just want to continue performing and get a permanent place in the team.”