Hobart Hurricanes v KKR, semi-final, CLT20, Hyderabad October 2, 2014

Narine banned from bowling in CLT20 final

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Sunil Narine has been barred from bowling for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 final on Saturday after being reported for a second time in two matches for a suspect action. He was reported by the umpires after Thursday's semi-final against Hobart Hurricanes, which Knight Riders won by seven wickets. He had also been reported following their final group match, against Dolphins, when the umpires questioned his quicker delivery.

ESPNcricinfo understands that this time the umpires, Rod Tucker, S Ravi and Vineet Kulkarni, had noted in their written complaint that several of the 24 deliveries Narine bowled against Hurricanes were suspect. "It was three deliveries in the last match. But this time all his four overs were reported," an official privy to the complaint said.

No official from Knight Riders' management responded to queries, so it is not yet known whether the franchise might appeal against the penalty.

According to a Champions League T20 release, the umpires reviewed footage of the semi-final and "felt that there was a flex action in Narine's elbow beyond the acceptable limit when bowling during the match". He had already been on the tournament's warning list and, since he had not subsequently had his action cleared, is now automatically banned from bowling further in the tournament.

Knight Riders will now be "advised" to send Narine to the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai - which has been accredited by the ICC as a testing centre for suspect bowling actions - to have his action tested.

The bowling ban will not affect his West Indies duties, though - it is confined only to the Champions League T20 and other BCCI-organised tournaments, including the IPL.

Darren Sammy, Narine's West Indies team-mate, came out in support of him on Thursday, prior to him being reported a second time. "I am not worried. Narine is a champion. Whether they stop him from bowling the faster ball, he is still the most dangerous spinner in the world," Sammy had said. "I believe that he will still be a great asset to us. He will do whatever he has to do and have all his different tricks up his sleeves by the time the World Cup is here. I still feel he will be our a champion spinner."

Narine is the fourth bowler to be reported in the Champions League - the others are Lahore Lions' Adnan Rasool and Mohammad Hafeez, and Dolphins' Prenelan Subrayen. However, he is the first bowler to be reported a second time. This comes at a time when the ICC has been stepping up its action against suspect bowling actions, with several spinners being called and suspended from bowling in international cricket.

It comes as a big blow to Knight Riders, as they look to extend their T20 winning streak to 15 and secure the double of winning the IPL and the Champions League T20 in the same year.

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  • dummy4fb on October 4, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    I hear some people say he was cleared earlier, then why this sudden scanner. Guys, pls note there are 6 balls in an over, and there are 60 balls in a one day spell. Narine had been cleared based on various tests, but a bowler like him does bowl the odd ball with a more bent arm. AND THAT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IS CALLED SUSPECT. How do you expect the ICC to monitor each and every ball..?? If a bowler bowls one chuck-ball even in a year, he must be pulled up. In the past, these rare deliveries have gone un-noticed, mainly becos of the lack of push from the governing body. This whole chucking thing requires a big clean up, else there will be a lot more bowlers in future with such actions and we will then start suspecting the game rather than the bowlers

  • soumik on October 4, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    If Narine is not playing, how much CSK will score? 220? Do they have the bowling to defend that?

  • soumik on October 4, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    For those who are saying that KKR is nothing without Narine, drop Raina tomorrow and show you are a champion team.

  • Johnny_129 on October 4, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    As I've mentioned before, bowling will always be a contentious issue given the way the laws are worded! How can anyone tell with the naked eye if a bowler is bending his arm up to 14 degrees or more than 15 degrees??!! The laws are very stupid and it leaves the door open for great bowlers to be accused and finger-pointing. Every bowler has a different arm bend and bowling action. The laws need to be changed once and for all. I think if they made the law to accept all 'round arm delivery with ball released from above head' then it takes care of everything including underarm deliveries!! This way there are no contentions or controversies. DONE ICC!!

  • dummy4fb on October 4, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    If you are bending it is not cricket!

  • johnathonjosephs on October 3, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    @smudgeon I agree that if his action is cleared, then he is fine. What I am doubtful on, however, is on the new centers that are used for chucking and the new standards of testing. Not a single bowler who has been reported since the changes has come out with a cleared action. Everyone is found to have been breaking the rules at almost twice the legal limit of 15 degrees (which is an incredibly huge margin). I would like the same centers with the new standards to test normal players too with the new standards in order to provide a control for these tests. If normal legspinners, fast bowlers, medium bowlers, etc are mostly found to have an action under 15 degrees with the "new standard rules", then I completely agree that these bowlers are in fact chuckers and need to be banned (unless they undergo remedial work to change their action). Until then, however, I will remain extremely dubious about these new testing centers

  • android_user on October 3, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    sad to hear this...he is great mystery bowler.

  • dummy4fb on October 3, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    ICC need to enforce the law regarding the use of the DRS system in all countries including India. What if one country in football told FIFA that they are not using video technology to confirm that goals have completely crossed the line. They would be kicked out of football!

  • cricfan57779427 on October 3, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    @StevieS, I am not sure if M Johnson will be successful when he comes to India or sub-continent. That is the difference between Steyn and other so called top bowlers.

  • jb633 on October 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    @salaman - if mystery spinners are the casualty in keeping cricket as it is and not baseball then so be it. At the end of the day these spinners are not bowling but throwing and it is not the job of the ICC to feel sorry for them or any of their respective sides. People keep complaining that cricket is a batsman's game but they are wrong. T20 is a batsman's game because a wicket is not that important. In test cricket batsmen need to value their wicket more as they are expected to score 100's and not 30's, alongside the fact that a red ball swings more and picthes will deteriorate, this leads to a good contest with bat and ball with few draws in the modern game. If you want to complain about cricket being a batsman's game then go and watch test cricket. If you want to keep watching t20 cricket, just accept that it will always be a batsman's game and we may as well just have the bowling machine out there.

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