West Indies news October 3, 2014

Lloyd livid over Narine suspension

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Clive Lloyd: 'This guy has been doing well for KKR for three years. [His action] has been pretty much the same; what has been found that they ban him?' © BCCI

Clive Lloyd, the chairman of the West Indies selection panel, has questioned the Champions League T20's decision to ban Sunil Narine, highlighting that the offspinner had bowled around the world for years without being reported. Narine was suspended from bowling in the CLT20 on Thursday, and he was later withdrawn by the West Indies board from the India series starting this week.

Lamenting the timing of the suspension, "just before an important series against India and the World Cup that follows", Lloyd said he was surprised by questions over the legality of Narine's action.

"He has been bowling over the years with the same sort of action. Now all of a sudden it has changed. What has changed, I don't know," Lloyd said on Friday, at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, where West Indies played a warm-up game. Lloyd made his comments before the decision to withdraw Narine had been taken. "You can't just ban him from bowling just before an important tour like this and with the World Cup coming up. It destroys the individual's ability as such and I think you may end up destroying someone's career. "

It can destroy a team. You want to know if this is being orchestrated because if you lose your main bowler then it puts some pressure on the selectors and the team
Clive Lloyd

Narine has been the stand-out performer for Kolkata Knight Riders in recent seasons, guiding them to two IPL titles in three years. "This guy has been doing well playing for KKR for the last three years," Lloyd said. "If you look at his action, he has been doing pretty much the same and I want to know what is it that has been found that they ban him and not say something like, 'Listen, you have a bit of a problem and you have to rectify it.'"

Lloyd compared the situation with that of Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. "All of a sudden, this guy [Narine] who is supposed to be one of the best bowlers around - like Ajmal for that matter, how many Test wickets does Ajmal have? - and all of a sudden his bowling action is suspect. My point is something should be done before all this comes to this point.

"It can destroy a team. You want to know if this is being orchestrated because if you lose your main bowler then it puts some pressure on the selectors and the team and so on."

Lloyd also questioned the Champions League T20 regulations and procedure, which has proven to be rather ambiguous.

"Nobody has told us anything. Nobody has written a letter. That is the thing about it. Something should be said to us. We are left high and dry. All of a sudden, the guy is not playing in a tournament he has played for the last three years. What are you then saying about the tournament then? Are you saying that the tournament has probably previously allowed people who have got bad actions to play?"

Lloyd also revealed that the WICB and the West Indies team management had been told that Narine would be under the scanner in India by a source whose identity he would not disclose. "Before we came here we were told that they were going to call Narine, so it's quite obvious that something must have been said somewhere," he said. "I really can't tell you that [who it was] but I can tell you it's a highly reliable source, because we have to make contingency plans for things like that just in case it happens."

Asked if the ICC, which has been tight-lipped over the issue since it doesn't govern the Champions League, should step in and get in touch with the WICB, Lloyd said he hoped it happened soon. "I think it's wrong the way they have gone about it and I have been involved in the ICC for years [as a match referee and technical committee chief] and I think you cannot just ban a guy just like that. This is a guy who has played for us all over the world, not only in the West Indies. All of a sudden, this guy has got a suspect action. I am not happy, I would like to strongly say that."

Kumar Dharmasena, a leading umpire on the ICC Elite Panel, has been involved in three of the four cases of suspect actions being reported in Champions League. So, Lloyd said, he was not sure if that indirectly meant Narine would be reported in international cricket.

With the ICC taking a hard stance on illegal actions in the last six months, the WICB was likely to be wary. Ian Gould, another Elite Panel umpire, will be one of the match officials for the ODI series in India. Gould was among the umpires who reported offspinners Sachithra Senanayake and Ajmal, both of whom were later banned from bowling in international cricket, earlier this year.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricket_theBestGame on October 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    well said my Lloyd. if this was an issue then why not call bowlers long ago when they were establishing themselves? Ajmal has gone over double the limit, since he joined the county, why not check his action in the county games instead of in an international series? all questions and no answers!

  • dummy4fb on October 5, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Take a powerful stand on this matter Clive. As one of the best captains ever in the game, it is imperative that they listen to you. Use your weight to move this matter forward. The same way that you ran WIndies team as captain run them into the dirt so that they will act swiftly and fairly.

  • dummy4fb on October 5, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Ridicules, as a bowler I start hating the game of batsmen. Completely one sided rules only for commercial purposes.

  • dummy4fb on October 5, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Batsmen can: Bat out of their crease Charge down the wicket Pad the ball away Scoop the ball over the wicket keeper's head Reverse sweep Switch hit and on and on

    The Bowler can't: Step over the bowling line Bowl more than two bouncers in an over Bend his wrist more than an arbitrarily-selected angle Extend his forehand more less than another arbitrarily-selected angle Run on the pitch after deliveries - ever wonder why many of these guys end up with back and ankle injuries?

    If the batsman can wield his wafer any way he wishes while taking on the bowling, why can't the bowler use everything at his disposal to nullify and outfox an aggressive batsman? This assault on talented spin bowlers is unwarranted and baseless - all bowling as a matter of fact. The same tactics they used to destroy West Indies cricket when they(the rest of them) could not tame their (WI) fearsome pace attack, is being implemented here. These continuous meddling is making this out to be a boring sport

  • Paceman49 on October 4, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    There are no dangerous fast bowlers anymore..none of them chuck.batsmen can walk down the wicket and swipe all they want even if they are chucking.With the spin bowlers that the batsmen cannot read they are tied down and get out stumped if they advance down the wicket.Now,the batsmen/teams most notable for not playing spin might be behind getting rid of these bowlers.Finally some on to stand up for W.I players.good for LLyod.

  • Farooq3 on October 4, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    A more sensible approach by ICC would be to issue a warning letter to the bowler with the suspect action and the respective cricket board - allowing a time frame of 3-4 months for the bowler/cricket board to carry out the corrective procedure. During this 3-4 month time period the bowler should be allowed to continue playing international cricket. A date should be fixed for the second review of the bowling action in this warning letter. If the bowler fails this second review then he can be suspended for a further time period. In this way the bowler will be given a fair chance to address the problem of the suspect action.

  • dummy4fb on October 4, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    I guess an engineer can come up with a physical device that acts like a circuit breaker which snaps or otherwise yields a noticeable signal when a bowler's arm bends more than permissible. It can be a snap on device used only when the player is bowling. (what about his fielding in the follow thru? that remains to be tackled) Make technology the arbiter and get rid off all arbitrary human judgment. Else, as Imran Ganj says, we may suspect the game itself rather than the bowlers.

  • dummy4fb on October 4, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I do not have a problem with Clive Lloyd's public stance, which, after reading the article is the correct one, and I do not believe that he went over the top. The suspension has been big news around the cricket world, which by the way means it has gone public. Anyone whether it be Lloyd or any other official has a right, even a duty to publicly defend his players, especially given the circumstances under which it happened and the cynical way in which it took place. It seriously questions the integrity and the competence of the CLT20, not to mention the inconsistency. Publicly defending your players' interests and careers is the best consolation you can offer them, and shows that you have their best interest at heart.

  • Fusilier on October 4, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Better late than never. Certainly the ICC should have acted much sooner - but how does that mean that they should now wait even longer? A crackdown just before the World Cup may not be ideal, but it's a hell of a lot better than giving up a clean-action tournament.

  • dummy4fb on October 4, 2014, 7:33 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

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