Sunil Narine missed out on a couple of matches for Kolkata Knight Riders after he was reported for suspect bowling action during the match against Kings XI Punjab.
However, on Sunday, he has been cleared by the Indian Premier League’s suspect bowling action committee, and his name has been taken off the suspect action warning list.
KKR and Sunil Narine would have taken a big sigh of relief after the IPL committee found his bowling action to be clean. Narine is the vital cog for the Eoin Morgan-led side. His availability will be a big boost for KKR who are struggling this season.
In the official statement released by IPL, the committee had reviewed his bowling action carefully and from different angles. At last, it was concluded that the elbow bend was ‘within the range of permissible limits.’
“Sunil Narine, the Kolkata Knight Riders player, has been cleared by the IPL’s suspect bowling action committee,” the IPL said in a statement.
“The committee carefully reviewed all the deliveries of action footage sent of Mr Narine with the naked eye and has come to the conclusion that the elbow-bend appears to be within the range of permissible limits,” he said.
Sunil Narine will have to continue with the same bowling action:
The committee also said that Narine should continue with the same action as the one submitted for review.
“The committee also noted that Mr. Narine should reproduce the same action going forward in the IPL 2020 matches as presented to the Committee in the video footage,” the IPL added in its statement.
Sunil Narine has been many times suspected of his bowling action. ICC had declared his bowling action illegal in 2015, but he resumed playing in international cricket in 2016. Again in 2018, his action was also reported during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but was cleared eventually.