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Scrutiny: Narine Reported Again in IPL for Suspect Action

Scrutiny: Narine Reported Again in IPL for Suspect Action Photo: TT
Sunil Narine bowls during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders

Experienced West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported as his bowling action is suspected illegal following Kolkata Knight Riders’ two-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Narine, 32, took 2-28 in the narrow victory but the Indian Premier League confirmed after the game that his action had been reported, although he’ll be permitted to continue bowling with a warning to his name.

“The report was made by the on-field umpires according to the IPL’s suspected illegal bowling action policy,” IPL authorities said in a statement.

“Another report will result in Mr. Narine being suspended from bowling in the Dream11 IPL 2020 until cleared by the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee.”

It’s not the first time the right-arm off-break bowler has been reported, flagged twice during the 2014 Champions League T20 as well as the 2015 IPL and on national duty during the same year.

He’s since re-modelled his action but had further issues in 2018 playing in the Pakistani Super League, although he was later cleared.

Narine, who often opens the batting, has taken five wickets in six matches during the 2020 IPL, with Saturday’s 2-28 his best return to date this season.

Kolkata Knight Riders are up to third on the IPL ladder with a 4-2 record, while Saturday’s opponents Kings XI Punjab are last on the standings with only one win.

KKR are again in action on Monday against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah, where Narine will likely play and be heavily scrutinised.

Ben somerford
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