Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine has finally been cleared to bowl again in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. The seasoned bowler was warned from bowling in illegal action after his name came in the list of the warned bowlers.
It was during a game against the Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi last week, in which Narine took 2/28 in his spell. KKR won the match by two runs in which he played an instrumental role by removing the in form Nicholas Pooran and Mandeep Singh.
KKR might have won the game but Sunil Narine was suspected of the illegal bowling action just after the match got over.
He would have been suspended if he would have been reported again the second time. The team management rested the West Indian for the next two matches to avert the risk and also appealed to the committee to review his bowling action.
“KKR requested for an Official Assessment of Mr Narine’s action from the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee, submitting action footage in slow motion with back and side angles” the press release said.
As a result, the committee analysed his action that showed his elbow bend was under the predefined limit. The committee also instructed the bowler to continue with the same action submitted for the review.
“The Committee also noted that Mr. Narine should reproduce the same action going forward in the IPL 2020 matches as presented to the Committee in the video footage. Mr Narine has now been removed from the IPL Suspect Action Warning List,” the release extended.
Sunil Narine has been reported several times for his bowling action in the past, one of them being the 2015 World Cup which he didn’t play.
His most recent one was back in 2018 during the Pakistan Super League where he was reported for illegal bowling action.