West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has made his highly anticipated return to competitive cricket from a career threatening international ban.
Boasting a remodelled action, the 27-year-old captured two for 37 in a 10-over spell as his domestic club Queen’s Park beat Clarke Road by 32 runs at Wilson Road here on Sunday in the opening round of the 50-overs championship, reports CMC.
He was watched by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force head coach, Gus Logie, along with national coach Kelvin Williams.
“They were very happy with the fact that during his last few overs he got back his pace on the deliveries, so, all in all, it was a good day for him,” Queen’s Park coach David Furlonge said after the match.
Narine had not bowled competitively since being forced out of the Bangladesh Premier League last November, with the announcement of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban.
He was reported during the West Indies’ series against Sri Lanka and subsequent tests showed that his action was exceeding the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations.
The Trinidadian has since undergone rehabilitation on his action and is scheduled to be tested at the Loughborough University in England next month, to determine if he is fit to return to international cricket.
Narine was last week named in a West Indies 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup starting in India in March.
However, his place will only be confirmed once his action is deemed legal following the Loughborough test.