Ranking 10 Biggest Cricket Stars Who Won't Be at the World T20
Cricket's biggest party is almost here, but a few of the game’s biggest stars will have to watch the ICC World Twenty20 from the sidelines.
From injuries to retirements, dodgy bowling actions and disputes with their boards, a number of high-profile players have missed out on a spot in their respective squads.
We've picked some of the biggest names who won't be at the 2016 World T20 in India and have—undoubtedly—left out someone, so do add yours in the comments.
The rankings are largely subjective, but players who are either injured, suspended or have been retired for some time will rank lower than those who are still active.
10. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc bagged the Player of the Tournament award at the 2015 World Cup with 22 wickets to his name.
Later that year, though, the 26-year-old suffered a stress fracture to his foot, and he has not been able to recover since.
As one of the most exciting young fast bowlers around, Starc will be missed.
9. Sunil Narine
Like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine withdrew from the West Indies' 15-man squad, with the West Indies Cricket Board saying it’s due to "insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work on his bowling action," per Sky Sports.
The 27-year-old was banned from bowling last year for a suspect action and has not played a fixture since late November.
Still, as a so-called mystery spinner, Narine will be missed.
8. Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara retired from international cricket last year, and while he has not played a T20 since 2014, he will still be missed in India.
Since calling it a day, the 38-year-old has been playing non-international T20s where he can and recently hitting 55 off 32 for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, proving he still has a lot to offer "pyjama" cricket.
7. Albie Morkel
As with his brother, Morne, there simply wasn't room for Albie Morkel in South Africa’s squad.
As one of the most experienced T20 players in the world and with a wealth of experience in India, Albie Morkel can count himself unlucky for not making the cut.
He played two T20s for South Africa against India last year, but he did not get a chance to bat, so the 34-year-old has some reason to feel aggrieved.
6. Saeed Ajmal
After being Pakistan’s leading bowler in all formats for years, Saeed Ajmal was suspended from bowling in 2014. He returned in April 2015 but struggled to get back to his best.
The38-year-old had his sights set on a World T20 return by playing in Pakistan’s Super League, but he had an unremarkable stint.
In six matches, Ajmal took six wickets at an average of 26.16 and an economy rate of 7.13. He was the darling of spin bowling once upon a time and will be missed in India.
5. Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard, who does not have a West Indies Cricket retainer, withdrew from their 15-man squad with the West Indies Cricket Board citing "lack of sufficient progress in his rehabilitative work," per Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old has not played cricket since November last year after picking up a knee injury, but the West Indies have also been locked in payment disputes.
Pollard is an entertainer in the T20 format with the ability to change the game either with bat or ball.
4. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel was one of the unlucky players to miss out on a World T20 berth.
With Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott and Kagsio Rabada making up South Africa’s fast bowling contingent, there was no room for Morkel.
The 31-year-old has not played a T20 since last year, but he has plenty of experience of the conditions after his lengthy spell in the Indian Premier League.
Morkel might still be beckoned at the last minute if Steyn gets injured, but at the time of writing, he remains on the sidelines.
3. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad is in the prime of his career and keeps blowing Test sides away with his magnificent bowling.
However, England did not see him fitting into their World T20 plans and there’s no doubt that he will be missed.
2. Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum retired from all New Zealand international cricket with a bang.
The 34-year-old scored the fastest-ever Test century in his farewell match against Australia just to remind everyone how magical he is to watch.
While McCullum could have played in the World T20, he wanted to retire from international cricket on his terms and on his turf.
1. Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen is, without doubt, the most obvious and most notorious exclusion from the World T20.
Even when he is not in the best of form, the 35-year-old is one of those players who gets people talking and watching.
Since his fall-out with the England and Wales Cricket Board, though, Pietersen’s international career has stalled, and he will have to watch the T20 circus from the sidelines.
All information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise stated.