Lahore Lions’ captain, Mohammad Hafeez and Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Sunil Narine have been reported for suspect bowling action in the ongoing Champions League T20.
Both the bowlers were reported against their respective group matches against the Dolphins. Along with the mentioned players, Dolphins off-spinner, Prenelan Subrayen and another Lahore Lions’ bowler Adnan Rasool have also been reported.
The report on the Pakistani spinner were made by umpires Kumar Dharamsena, Vineet Kulkarni and Anil Chaudhary, who had officiated in the Dolphins-Lions match.
While the charge on the Caribbean mystery spinner was laid by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena which specifically relates to Narine’s quicker ball.
As per the rules, these players can request for an official assessment from the BCCI’s suspect bowling action committee. For now they can continue to play for their respective teams, however they have been placed in the ‘warning list’. If they are reported again while still being on the ‘warning list’ the players will be suspended from bowling in the tournament and in any other form of cricket organized by the BCCI, until their actions are reported to be legible. A player suspended for illegal bowling action may be included in the playing eleven for a particular match but he’ll not be able to bowl. However, being reported in the CLT20 has no impact on a bowler’s participation in international cricket.
Hafeez is an important part of the Lahore team not only because he is the captain of the side but also contributes both with bat and bowl while Narine has been the most successful bowler in all tournaments for KKR. Both the players will have to be careful in their future matches as they form a vital cog for their respective teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders have already qualified for the semifinals after winning all of their group matches .On the other hand, Lahore Lions need to win a crucial match against Perth by not less than 47 runs or, under the condition of fielding first, chase down the target in 14.5 overs if they have to overthrow Chennai Super Kings and qualify for the semifinals of the Champions League T20.