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Sunil Narine’s IPL Participation In Doubt After Another Report of Illegal Bowling Action

File Picture Coiurtesy : The Indian Express
File Picture Courtesy : The Indian Express

West Indian spinner Sunil Narine finds himself in a spot of bother yet again. Narine has once again been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. Narine, who is appearing for the Lahore Qalanders franchise in the T20 league, has been reported by the match officials after Wednesday night’s game against Quetta Gladiators.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Narine had been placed on the warning list and can continue to play in the tournament and bowl.

This is not the first time Narine’s bowling action has been reported. He faced a similar dilemma during the 2015 Indian Premier League when he was stopped from bowling by the technical committee while in November the same year the International Cricket Council suspended him for having an illegal action.

Tests revealed all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees elbow extension allowed by the ICC under its bowling action regulations.

In 2014 also Narine was stopped from bowling in the Champions League after being reported twice in successive matches by match officials.

The latest controversy over his action could put his participation in the Indian Premier League, which is starting in a few weeks’ time, in doubt. Narine turns out for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

But as per ICC bowling action regulations, if he is reported again by match officials, he shall remain suspended from bowling in the tournament.

Pakistan’s former captain and presently coach of the Quetta Gladiators team, Moin Khan, raised concerns over Narine’s bowling action after the match and said he was surprised that no one had reported the West Indian spinner for his action as yet.

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