Narine cleared by IPL's suspect bowling action committee

Sunil Narine taken off the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Warning List

The West Indian tweaker was reported for a suspect illegal bowling action after KKR's match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Abu Dhabi on 10 October. The news would massively bolster KKR ahead of their afternoon game today against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, after they had suffered back-to-back crushing defeats against RCB and MI. He has been placed on the warning list and will be suspended from bowling in the Indian Premier League 2020 if reported again. But he was left out from the playing XI for the next two games - both of which KKR lost by huge margins - with the team management working on his action.

The committee monitored Narine's action from the back and side angles and concluded that his elbow-bend appeared to be within the range of permissible limits. "KKR requested for an Official Assessment of Mr Narine's action from the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee, submitting action footage in slow motion with back and side angles", said a statement from the league.

Narine was reported by the on-field umpires Ulhas Gandhe and Chris Gaffaney, with the suspect action occurring during the last over of the match, bowled by Narine, when Kings XI needed 14 runs for victory.

After being reported, Narine was positioned on the IPL warning checklist.


But, in a relief for the player as well as for his franchise, the IPL committee found his bowling action to be clean.

It should be noted that there was no Suspect Bowling Action Committee before this incident or if there was, no mention of it was made anywhere. Narine then missed out on featuring in the 2019 World Cup after he said a finger injury in his bowling hand did not allow him to bowl in ODIs.

Naren's bowling action also came up in controversies during the IPL in 2015 and he was banned for bowling in November that year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared his action in April 2016, but he had to pull out off the T20 World Cup in India that year. In March 2018, he was reported again during the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

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