In what has come out as a good news for KKR, mystery spinner Sunil Narine’s action has been cleared by BCCI and will now take part in IPL 8.
Earlier, as per the orders of BCCI, Narine had to undergo another test for his bowling action to participate in this year’s IPL. KKR then lodged a protest as Narine had got himself cleared from an ICC-accredited testing centre in Loughborough. But Dalmiya told the team management that he was helpless and instead of giving an explanation, he suggested it would only benefit the franchise if Narine appears for a retest.
Narine then appeared for the retest on April 2nd in front of the BCCI’s sub-committee which deals with suspect bowling actions. Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath is head of the three-man panel which comprises former India captain S Venkataraghavan and ex-international umpire AV Jayaprakash and the reports of the test, which were scheduled to be out on April 6th, got declared today itself.
The committee concluded that Mr. Sunil Narine, who had remodelled his bowling action, was within the ICC approved limits for all types of deliveries that were assessed and has hence recommended to the BCCI, that his name can be removed from the warning list of bowlers with suspect action.
Mr. Anurag Thakur, Hony. Secretary, BCCI said:
“I am happy that we will witness Sunil Narine in action in the Pepsi IPL 8 , since he is now cleared by the BCCI committee. We look forward to the opening match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians on the 8th of April in Kolkata, which promises to provide an exciting start to the tournament.”