This is the first incident of a suspect action being reported in this IPL and Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine, yet again, is at the receiving end of it. A report has been filed against him after KKR’s last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Narine, however, would be eligible to bowl till he’s reported for a second time during the tournament. (Full Coverage| Fixtures|Points Table)
“A suspected illegal bowling action report has been filed by the match officials on certain deliveries bowled by Mr Sunil Narine of KKR during IPL 2015 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders played on April 22, 2015 in Visakhapatnam.
“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,” said a BCCI release on Friday.
Narine had been barred from bowling after he was reported for a suspect action ahead of the Champions League T20 final in October last year. The Trinidadian subsequently underwent a test at the ICC accredited Loughborough centre and got himself cleared. But he was put through a re-test at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai before he was given the go-ahead for this IPL.
Narine’s remodelled action has made him a lesser force as his tally of two wickets in five matches (economy rate 7.35) will attest. He had 21 wickets in 16 at an economy rate of 6.35 last term. The 26-year-old faces a serious threat to his career.
“I’m not aware (of the details), but there must be something wrong in his action which needs to be rectified. BCCI has a committee to look at suspect action,” former India captain and IPL governing council member Sourav Ganguly said. Kolkata face Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Ganguly was asked about his chances of becoming India coach.
“This is BCCI’s decision. I can’t comment. If an offer comes, I will think about it,” he said. The position has fallen vacant as Duncan Fletcher’s term ended after the World Cup.