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Umpires rule Sunil Narine’s speed ball suspicious

by | Oct 1, 2014

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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action during yesterday’s Champions League T20 match between his victorious Kolkata Knight Riders and Dolphins of South Africa in Hyderabad.

The CL T20 organising committee issued a media advisory, confirming the development, that on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena have expressed their suspicion about the quicker delivery bowled by Narine.
“Under the CL T20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, Mr. Narine may request an Official Assessment from the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee.
Mr. Narine has been placed on the warning list and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in a match,” the release further stated.
However if Narine is reported again for the same problem, he will be debarred from bowling further in the Champions League T20 although he can play as batsman, according to CL T20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy.
Narine has been KKR’s primary weapon over the past four seasons and has helped the franchise co-owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to win two IPL titles in last three
He is also on top of wicket-takers list with 11 scalps to his credit in the current edition of CL T20.
For a right-handed mystery spinner, Narine’s bowling action is daringly open. He holds the ball high over his head in his right hand as he gets into delivery stride, giving the batsman a good view of his grip. The deception begins right there: there’s little in his grip to suggest what he is doing with the ball. His finger positioning variations are so subtle, and his release so quick, that Radio and other commentators could only guess what he was up to, even after watching slow-motion replays.

Narine has been chosen in West Indies 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day series-opening tour of India, beginning October 8.

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