Narine’s bowling action cleared by IPL suspect committee

IPL 2020 KKR spinner Sunil Narine cleared by suspect bowling action committee

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Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Sunil Narine, who was reported for suspected bowling action last week, has been cleared from the warning list by the Indian Premier League's Bowling Action Committee on Sunday.

As per a statement released by IPL, the bowling committee monitored Narine's action from two - back and side - angles.

Narine was reported for a suspect action after KKR's nervy win over Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on October 10.

Because of Covid-19, the BCCI waived off a requirement for 3D biomechanical test, usually a necessity with the official assessment.

"Mr Narine has now been removed from the IPL Suspect Action Warning List", it added.

It should be noted that there was no Suspect Bowling Action Committee before this incident or if there was, no mention of it was made anywhere.

Interestingly, while the board mentioned that Narine has been cleared, it did not mention who all comprised the committee. "Mr Narine has now been removed from the IPL Suspect Action Warning List", added the release. Back in 2014, Narine had missed out on the final match of the Champions League T20 for the same reason. The committee reviewed the action and concluded after studying the footage that the "elbow bend" was within the permissible limit. The IPL Bowling Action Committee reviewed the footage of his action and deemed it was within the rules.

The KKR team management had also requested the IPL suspect action committee for an official assessment of Narine's action.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments had said that Narine and Crowe have been working non-stop over the last couple of days to ensure that the mystery spinner can return to the bowling crease at the earliest.

Naren's bowling action also came up in controversies during the IPL in 2015 and he was banned for bowling in November that year. The ICC gave Naren the permission to bowl again in April 2016, but he did not participate in the Twenty-Twenty World Cup that year. In March 2018, he was reported again during the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

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