BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya yesterday said Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine will have to undergo another test in Chennai for his suspect illegal bowling action.
Even though Narine has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has barred him from playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I have had a word with them (KKR). He will have to appear for the test again, does not matter once or twice,” said Dalmiya.
Narine, widely regarded as one of the best spinners in the world, was banned for a suspect bowling action while playing in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India in September last year.
The mystery spinner went back to the nets and corrected his action and was finally cleared by the ICC after his biomechanical test in Loughborough.
The 26-year-old then himself opted out of the World Cup citing he was not comfortable bowling with his new action.
However, the BCCI has rejected the ICC report, saying the West Indies spinner has to redo the tests at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
KKR, on the other hand, have threatened to pull out of the tournament.
The eighth season of the IPL will kick-start with KKR facing Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on April 8.
Meanwhile Bangladesh and the West Indies – currently languishing at the bottom of the one-day international rankings – will have to be at their best in the next two years to make sure they aren’t forced to play the qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup to be held in England.
According to the new ICC rules, only the top 8 teams as on September 30, 2017, will directly qualify for the 2019 World Cup while the rest will have to battle it out in a 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in Bangladesh in 2018 for the remaining two spots.
West Indies are currently eighth and Bangladesh ninth, lowdown positions for the pair for some period of time now.
World Cup winners Australia have retained the ODI Shield and have also won USD$175,000 after finishing as the number-one ranked ODI side at the 1 April cut-off date. India have collected USD$75,000 for finishing second.
Despite winning 8 of the 9 matches in the just concluded World Cup and ending as the runners-up, New Zealand could only manage fifth spot in the table. South Africa and Sri Lanka occupy the third and fourth place respectively.
Bangladesh enjoyed their best World Cup campaign in cricketing history, getting the better of England in the group stage to qualify for the quarter-finals where they were defeated by India. However, that didn’t have much of an effect in the rankings table as they are still at the ninth spot behind the West Indies. England and Pakistan are at the sixth and seventh spot respectively.