Sunil Narine faces ban after suspected illegal bowling action
Umpires report Kolkata Knight Riders spinner after IPL match against Kings XI Punjab
New Delhi — Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine’s bowling action has been reported again after Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kings XI Punjab.
The report was made by the on-field umpires according to the IPL’s suspected illegal bowling action policy, league authorities said in a statement after the match in Abu Dhabi.
The 32-year-old West Indies spinner would be put on a “warning list”, it said.
Narine can continue to bowl in the tournament until he is reported again. The bowling all-rounder was reported twice during the now-defunct Champions League T20 in 2014, after which he remodelled his action but the problem persisted.
He was subsequently reported again in the 2015 IPL and also after a one-day match against Sri Lanka that year. He was reported again during the 2018 Pakistan Super League before being cleared to bowl.
The Twenty20 specialist returned 2/28 in Saturday’s thrilling two-run victory, bowling a tight last over to earn praise from captain Dinesh Karthik.
“Sunil Narine stands up for us a lot of time,” Karthik said. “He is calm. He is always looking to find the best way to contribute to the team.”
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