Sunil Narine was earlier reported during the CLT20 2014 © IANS
Sunil Narine was earlier reported during the CLT20 2014 © IANS

Sunil Narine, the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. Narine’s action was reported by the match officials during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ away match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Visakhapatnam. The match took place on April 22, 2015 and was a rain shortened affair. The IPL’s official site stated that he was reported for certain deliveries. The umpires were Richard Illingworth and Vineet Kulkarni. The match referee for that game was Many Nayyar. The fourth umpire was K Bharathan and the third umpire was Rajesh Deshpande

The IPL informed about this through Anurag Thakur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary) who issued a statement on the official website. Narine’s action could be rexamined. “As per the provisions of the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy, Mr 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,” the statement read.

This is not the first time Narine’s action has come under the scanner. During the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014, he was reported twice and had to pull out of the final. He stayed out of international cricket to work on his action and was later named in the West Indies squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. However, he withdrew from the team. Narine returned with a different action in the ongoing IPL, but has not had the same effect as he had earlier.