West Indies news November 9, 2015

Narine reported for suspect action

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspect bowling action for the first time by the ICC © AFP

Sunil Narine, the West Indies offspinner, has been reported for bowling with a suspect action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

Narine finished with figures of 0 for 24 in the Pallekele ODI, which Sri Lanka won by 19 runs based on the Duckworth-Lewis method. The match officials' report, handed to the West Indies team management after the game, cited concerns about the legality of Narine's deliveries.

Narine will need to undergo testing on his action within 14 days, and will be permitted to continue bowling until the results of his testing are known.

This is the first time Narine has been reported in an international game, though he has undergone scrutiny of his action during the IPL and the Champions League T20. He was reported twice in two matches during the 2014 edition of the CLT20, forcing him to miss Kolkata Knight Riders' final against Chennai Super Kings.

Though he was free to bowl in international cricket, West Indies withdrew Narine from their tour of India to allow him "the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket". West Indies left him out of all their subsequent international assignments until they picked him for the 2015 World Cup. Though he had remodeled his action in the interim, Narine pulled out of the tournament, saying the return would be "a little too much too soon".

Narine endured further trouble with his action during the 2015 IPL - he was first cleared to bowl in the tournament, reported and sent for a re-test, banned from bowling his offbreaks, and then cleared again, with a "final warning".

The Sri Lanka tour was Narine's first international tournament since August 2014. He picked up four wickets at an average of 18.00 in the three ODIs, while conceding 3.34 runs per over.

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  • Ali on November 11, 2015, 19:04 GMT


    you noticed !! ! !

    Narine is a slower version of Fred Truman ...

    lolz ...

    not a genuine spinner, but a super slow seamer.....

    he (like Truman) , gets swing, movement of the seam and spin all at once ....

  • Ali on November 11, 2015, 4:58 GMT



    now go look at videos of Narine bowling, and look for flex in that last 90 degrees of the action .....

    and tell us how Narine is illegal and Warne is "clean" ....

    the truth is, Narine is perfectly legal ....

  • FELIX on November 10, 2015, 23:14 GMT

    Cricket rules, are always change to affect Bowlers, First they implemented the front foot No-ball rule, then the restricted the amount of bouncers in an over, although Batsmen are well protected. The fielding side must bowl 90 over in a full days play otherwise the team will be penalized. However, there is no penalty if the batting side scored 200 runs in the 90 overs. To be fair, why not penalize the Batting side if the scored less then 300 runs in 90 overs. At present, they are going after bowlers because of so called illegal actions, which is difficult to interpret on field. My question is, what happened in the days when the Matches were NOT televised LIVE, and the new Technology was not available? Cricket is really a Batsman game.

  • Sean on November 10, 2015, 21:31 GMT

    This is ridiculous. How many times must one bowler be tested and cleared? This is my prediction, ICC will test him, clear him, and report him for every series he participates in. Cricket has become a batters' game and they are given all the opportunity and protection to score runs. I really hope that Sunil doesn't lose his love for the game and decides to retire. I enjoy watching him confuse and bewilder batsmen but this constant scrutiny must frustrate him.

  • Nabil on November 10, 2015, 18:33 GMT

    The only thing I was watching for in the ODIs was Narine's action. He hardly even bends his elbow anymore, even the inswinger he bowled to dilshan. Check the youtube video of it and slow it down to even .025speed, you'll see nothing wrong.

  •   Jose Puliampatta on November 10, 2015, 16:41 GMT

    @STARVYBZ ON NOVEMBER 10, 2015, 15:33 GMT:

    I also noticed the change. ( for the better) i recent times.

    But, bowlers (more so the experienced ones) unwittingly and with no intent, (and I should add unfortunately) slip into old habits, instinctively. More so, under pressure , when you see your colleagues are floundering, and you feel obligated to save your team.

    Something on those lines might have happened inadvertently. But it is the umpires job to report.

  •   Jose Puliampatta on November 10, 2015, 15:48 GMT

    @ RUNAAS DEHEEM ON NOVEMBER 10, 2015, 9:37 GMT

    @ADAM911 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2015, 16:36 GMT

    @ARA247 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2015, 14:04 GMT

    And, a few others.

    You have to qualify as an umpire, get hired to stand in an official match, before you can report suspicious actions. Without that you & I can not.

    However, a few Boards like India Australia & England are suo moto taking pre-emptive measures (like testing, corrective action & remodelling , re-testing and so on,) before bowlers are chosen to represent the country. That's why you don't see many from these countries being reported.

    Pragyan Oha is a classic case where even after all the steps, India is hesitating to pick him for an international, in abundant caution. It also means, that the action of those who are picked haven't raised any doubt. Umpires can still report any of those who are playing if they feel suspicious on any of their actions.

    But, I do feel for Narine.. I suspect that his doosra is the only problem area

  • Jonathan on November 10, 2015, 15:33 GMT

    @sumo_slammer is this your first time watching Narine bowl? His action has changed significantly. Previously the flex before his release used to be much more, now its barely there. I don't know what these umpires saw because after he returned from his tests in India there was nothing wrong as the same umpires that reported him in the ipl didn't find fault with him after. He bowled the entire CPL without any problems and there were numerous international umpires officiating there. This leads me to question the entire process and whether these umpires are guessing because I doubt any of them has a background in bio-mechanics. If you were to quiz them on the difference between 14 degrees and 15 degrees most of them would fail to tell the difference. To make the entire process even more crazy Narine is a spin bowler that delivers like a fast bowler, he doesn't deliver with a round arm action therefore he has the ability to both swing, seam and spin the ball. So what exactly is going on?

  • Cricinfouser on November 10, 2015, 13:42 GMT

    Good point runaas,Bhajers slipped under the radar.However his action still looks better than narine's looked yesterday.Once i saw narine bowl in the first ODI was praying for him not to be reported as his action didnt seem any better than last time

  • Cricinfouser on November 10, 2015, 2:53 GMT

    Much as i like ajmal and narines bowling,Ashwin has a really clean action if you go watch him.Narine and ajmal were always a bit iffy.The reason why countries like england and aus dont get spinners called is because people who chuck have their actions corrected there from under 10 level.England sometimes gets made fun of for their convention in what they do but by following convention they give zero tolerance from an early age to bowlers with dodgy actions and get those actions remodled.Plus India DO have spinners reported at ranji trophey level,Its just that none of them have made it into the international scene

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