Minister of Sport, Anil Roberts, last month promised to do all within his powers to acquire the services of the stars and reports also emerged that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was close to being signed to seal a deal for the three players.
Contacted by Newsday previously, Narine revealed that he knew nothing about any MOU and refused to comment further.
Yesterday, Pollard was also mum on the matter, but said that “nothing is confirmed”.
In a recent tweet from Joy Bhattacharjya, Director, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Indian revealed that the star Trinidad off-spinner would be playing for them.
“Good news from Venky Mysore (KKR CEO). Sunil Narine to play for KKR in the CLT20.”
Asked to comment on the tweet from his KKR Director, a reserved Narine said, “nothing is confirmed, you don’t know if it is a fake account.”
In a newspaper report yesterday, it was reported that negotiations between the Minister of Sport and the IPL clubs have broken down with the Indian clubs adamant on keeping the Trinis and flexing their muscle in that regard.
As last year, where Pollard and Bravo represented their Mumbai Indian and Chennair Super Kings respectively, the TTCB has been silent on the issue, but the signs have been similar.
Last year, Pollard and Bravo were not part of the latter part of the build-up towards the Champions League with the duo not selected for a tour to Canada last year as preparations intensified.
The TTCB earlier this week named a team to tour Miami this week and interestingly Narine, Pollard and Bravo were not among the 15 names.
Commenting on the scenario of the three playing for club instead of country, a confident Dr Allen Sammy, TTCB Executive Member, declared that all is not lost.
“I think we have plenty T20 depth and it showed up at the T20 competition in Guaracara Park. The Champions League is a lucrative tournament so fellas are hungry to get in. I am not worried at all,” he said.
Asked whether he sees progression from the qualifying stage to the main draw providing a hitch, Dr Sammy cited the extensive preparation being done now as being pivotal in our team’s success.
“Last year we went through quite easily (to the main draw) so I don’t foresee any problems.
The boys have been working extremely hard and the TTCB is spending a lot of money to get them ready,” he pointed out.