Sunil Narine’s merry-go-round continued in the Indian Premier League today.
The West Indies off-spinner took to the field for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils after being cleared to bowl once again by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Suspect Bowling Action Committee. But Narine is not completely out of the loop as Indian authorities have given him a final warning. His name has been taken off the list of bowlers with suspect actions but Narine was informed that another transgression would result in him being banned for this IPL season.
It is understood Narine was delivering the offbreak with a flex in his elbow, which meant he was going back to the old action that had been reported during the 2014 Champions LeagueTwenty20. The review committee wanted him to be consistent with his remodelled action.
“In its decision on 28 April 2015 to ban Mr Narine from bowling off-spinners in the IPL, the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee noted that the player could request a further Official Assessment by the Committee,” the BCCI said in a release. “This request was received and accordingly the player underwent a third biomechanical analysis of his action at the ICC and BCCI accredited Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC) in Chennai –– this time for his remodelled action (i.e. the one that had been cleared by the Committee immediately before the IPL season).
“This analysis has re-confirmed the conclusion of the first Official Assessment by the Committee –– namely that the remodelled action for the off-spinner does not contravene Law 24.2 (as read with Law 24.3).
“The Committee, however, has drawn Mr Narine’s attention to paragraph 4.9 of the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy. Any further report for a suspected illegal bowling action during the course of this season will automatically mean that Mr Narine is banned from bowling for the rest of the season.”
After the match between Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22, the on-field officials reported a number of Narine’s deliveries as suspect. Narine underwent fresh tests immediately and was cleared to bowl all his deliveries expect the offbreak, which was deemed illegal. On April 29, Narine underwent a retest on his off-break, which was banned by the BCCI, and was cleared on the evening of May 6.
Even though Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg had filled the Narine’s void, the Knight Riders think-tank had always insisted that the team needed Narine in their ranks. With another four games to go for the Gautam Gambhir-led side, Knight Riders are fourth in the table with five wins and four losses so far.
Narine was recruited by the Knight Riders in 2012 for a a price of BDS$1.4 million and took the IPL by storm. He finished the season as the Player of the Tournament with 24 wickets at a meagre rate of 5.47 runs per over. Narine was the primary factor in the Knight Riders IPL triumph and was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2014 player auction. He played a pivotal role in their winning the IPL last year but that year his troubles in India started when he was cited for a suspect bowling action during the Champions League and was barred from the finals of that tournament after being twice called.
Narine, under contract for a reported BDS$2 million, has never been called for throwing in international matches played under the aegis of the International Cricket Council.
Today Narine went wicketless once again in a season which has seen him struggle to take wickets, though still bowling rather economically.
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