Barbados off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse has been called up to the West Indies Test squad for the first time, for the three-match series against India in India, starting in late October.
Well-placed sources told Barbados TODAY that the 25-year-old Nurse was preparing to leave the island yesterday along with Jamaican batting all-rounder Nkrumah Bonner for Sri Lanka to join the West Indies ‘A’ team for the latter part of that tour, which ends November 5, when he was informed of his selection on the Test squad by way of a telephone call in the morning.
Instead, Nurse is now slated to depart for India on Saturday. And he practised this morning at Desmond Haynes Oval with the Barbados squad, now getting in shape for the regional first-class Championship, which starts November 14.
With Trinidadian Sunil Narine having been withdrawn from the West Indies team for the current One-Day International series against the Indians after he was banned from bowling in the Champions League Twenty20 final in India on October 4 after being called twice for an illegal action, the sources indicated that there were also question marks over the fitness of another off-spinner, Dominican Shane Shillingford, who is in Sri Lanka with the West Indies ‘A’ side.
Another Barbadian, batsman Jonathan Carter, recently left for Sri Lanka as part of the West Indies ‘A’ team but there was no release from the West Indies Cricket Board.
Both Nurse and Carter were members of the Barbados Tridents who played in the Champions League T20 tournament.
Since his return from the Champions League, Nurse represented his local club LIME in the BCA Elite division three-day and Sagicor General Super Cup (50-over) championships, making his presence felt with both bat and ball.
Nurse has played two T20 Internationals for West Indies – both in 2011.
He made his first-class debut in 2013 and almost unnoticed has been outstanding with the ball, taking 81 wickets at 17.51 runs apiece in 18 matches.
Nurse was one of the architects of Barbados capture of the 2014 regional first-class Championship under the captaincy of Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite. He took 32 wickets at 18.43 runs apiece and scored 298 runs (ave: 42.57) including a maiden century – 130 not out against Trinidad & Tobago at Kensington Oval.
He was also a member of the champion Barbados team, led by all-rounder Kevin Stoute, in the NAGICO Super50 tournament in Trinidad.
The first Test against India is scheduled for the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad, beginning October 30. The second Test is in Bangalore (November 7-11) and the third in Ahmedabad (November 15-19).
Narine, who plays for IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, was ruled out of the CL T20 final against Chennai Super Kings after being reported for a second time in two matches for a suspect action.
He was reported by the umpires after the semi-final against Hobart Hurricanes and also following their final group match, against Dolphins, when the umpires questioned his quicker delivery.