What they say about IPL? IPL and controversies go hand in hand. Now with hardly a week left for the eighth edition of India’s lucrative Premier League, the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders are at loggerheads with League’s governing body BCCI with respect to star offspinner Sunil Narine‘s availability for this summer’s tournament.
Trinidadian Narine was banned for his suspect action during last year’s Champions League Twenty20. As a result he missed out on final against MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings, which Gambhir’s men lost by eight wickets. Repercussions of this ban was so huge that West Indies did not pick him for India tour and ICC World Cup 2015. Here we like to make it clear that ICC has not banned Sunil Narine and was available to play, but WICB fearing the worst refrained from picking one of best spinner in world cricket.
Since then Narine claims to have modified his action and was subsequently cleared during his biomechanical test in Loughborough. But this where problem arise as the ICC did not organise the test as he was not called for chucking during an international match. He was called during the Champions League Twenty20, an invitational domestic tournament run by boards from South Africa, India, and Australia. According to the rules, as he was called for a second time, he was banned from bowling in any further BCCI-organised tournament which of course includes IPL.
As per a report in daily Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI has flatly refused to accept the report submitted by the ICC and wants the West Indian to undergo another round of testing at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
Hence, as per sources, Shahrukh Khan co-owned KKR is examining legal options against the BCCI. Mirror went on to say that if Narine is not allowed KKR might not take part in the tournament. The team, on it’s part, is sticking to ICC clearance stating that since the bowler in question is cleared by the ICC, why to give another test! It is believed that the KKR management is firm on their part and has also met BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on the matter. They pointed out that Narine was ‘targeted’. Dalmiya’s office, on the other hand, has said that president is looking at this matter and he might arrive at some sort of decision within next 48 hours.
Meanwhile defending champions KKR who are struggling with injuries have replaced Chris Lynn and Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham with Johan Botha and Azhar Mahmood respectively. Neesham is believed to be nursing a stress fracture in his back, while Lynn out due to a hamstring injury.
Team principal Venky Mysore tweeted:
— Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) March 29, 2015