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Sunil Narine Plagued With Calls For Suspect Bowling Action

Windies spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported for suspected bowling action after a thrilling match encounter against King’s X1 Punjab in Abu Dhabi.

The 32-year-old Windies “mystery bowler” played a crucial role in the game, bowling the 18th and 20th overs in the Kings XI chase on his way to returns of 2 for 28.

“The report was made by the on-field umpires [Ulhas Gandhe and Chris Gaffaney] according to the IPL’s Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy,” an IPL statement said, adding that Narine would be placed “on the warning list” but would be permitted to bowl unless there was another report against him. If that were to happen, Narine would be “suspended from bowling” in the tournament until cleared by the BCCI’s committee that deals with suspect bowling actions.

Narine has had a history of his bowling action being called into question over the years.

He missed out on the final match of the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 due to being suspended for an illegal action over 15 degrees.

In November 2015, his woes continued as he was suspended from bowling in international cricket after his bowling action was deemed to be illegal.

His action was also reported during the third ODI game against Sri Lanka earlier in the same month.

In April 2016, he was cleared for bowling in all formats of domestic and international cricket.

However, his action was reported again during the 2018 Pakistan Super League but was cleared soon after.

On September 10, 2020, Narine was again reported by on-field umpires for his bowling action in the 2020 Indian Premier League.

Narine has played an integral role in the Knight Riders team since joining in 2012. He maintained an average economy rate of below 6.0 and helped his team win the IPL title on two occasions.

Additionally, he has added impetus to his team’s batting order and gained the reputation of being a top pinch-hitter.

Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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