Kolkata Knight Riders’ mystery spinner and probably their best bowler, Sunil Narine, has again been reported for illegal bowling action by the on-field umpires in KKR’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Vishakhapatnam held on 22nd of this month.
Richard Illingworth from England and Vineet Kulkarni from India were the two on-field umpires who have brought Narine’s action again under the radar.
“A suspected illegal bowling action report has been filed by the match officials on certain deliveries bowled by Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders during the Pepsi IPL 2015 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders played on the 22nd of April, 2015 in Visakhapatnam,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a press release on Friday.
“As per the provisions of the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy, Narine will still be eligible to bowl in forthcoming Pepsi IPL matches and may request a biomechanical analysis of the deliveries in question at the ICC and BCCI accredited testing facility, the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre (SRASSC) in Chennai,” Thakur said.
Narine was cleared by the BCCI earlier to participate in the IPL with a modified bowling action, but now he would again have to undergo certain tests even though he would be allowed to bowl in this tournament.
However as per ICC rules, another similar offence will invite a straight one-year ban for the West Indies spinner, whose “doosra” and “carrom ball” both have been under scanner for the unusual action with which he delivers them.
Narine hasn’t nearly been the same with his modified bowling action. He has taken only two wickets so far in the 5 matches that he has played in the IPL at an economy of 7.35 and is being punished in the death overs where he used to be so good in the earlier editions. KKR relies on him heavily and banishing him would be the last thing that the team would want.
Edited By Akanksha Agarwal