West Indies news November 29, 2015

Narine suspended from bowling after action found illegal

ESPNcricinfo staff

All of Sunil Narine's bowling variations exceeded the 15-degree limit © AFP

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after his action was found to be illegal.

An independent assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit. Narine's action was reported earlier this month during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, "Narine's international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of the West Indies Cricket Board, Narine may be able to play in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the West Indies Cricket Board."

The test was done on November 17 at ICC's testing centre in Loughborough University. Narine can apply for re-assessment after modifying his action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

Narine was playing against Sri Lanka after a gap of more than a year in international cricket, and finished with four wickets from three ODIs at an average of 18. He is currently the No. 1 ranked bowler in the ICC rankings for ODIs and T20Is.

Narine is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for Comilla Victorians, and this suspension means he won't be allowed to bowl in the BPL too. He will fly out of Dhaka on Sunday night itself.

"We were prepared for the announcement," Comilla Victorians owner Nafeesa Kamal told ESPNcricinfo. "We were told that we can expect something on November 29 so we had planned accordingly. We will definitely miss him. He was an asset to the team. We are now looking for a player to replace him."

The West Indies Cricket Board said that Narine would receive its full support as he works on correcting his action. "We will be offering our support to Sunil as he does the remedial work on his bowling action. I know the time and effort he has put in to do this work previously and I am sure this will just deepen his resolve to come back a better bowler," Richard Pybus, WICB's director of cricket, said in a release.

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  • Derek on December 5, 2015, 15:28 GMT

    RALLY I could not agree more. This iffer from the WI was nothing more than a publicity stunt. How did they plan to fund it? Such a move would give tgem the opportunity to claim that they spent money on a player for once. It did not happen for Dwayne who also ended his career representing the WI, has not happened for Sarwan, Gayke and egen Sammy. What does the WI hafe in pkace for retired cricketers. I say make hay while the sun shines. These guys are PROFESSIONALS. I would really like to see some of these qwerty jockeys giving up their salaries to support thes famalies of the players who the are always ready to wish all ill to rather than realising that they are only doing what someone who has the ability to reason is doing.

  • Ali on December 2, 2015, 16:55 GMT


    why would he be interested in playing for the WI ...

    the WI never did anything for him ..

    he was selected at age 19 by KKR ... he owes KKR everything ...

    the WICB never would have picked him had he not demonstrated his ability in the IPL .. His performances in WI domestic cricket were ignored ...

    His performances in the IPL, had every cricket commentator saying : " why is the WICB not playing Narine ? are they mad ? "..

    the WICB picked Narine to save themselves embarrassment ...

    were it not for the IPL .. Narine would have never played a single game in maroon ...

  •   Kenneth Stapleton on December 2, 2015, 13:45 GMT

    This is the guy who did not represent the WI in the world cup because he wanted to work on his action in order to get ready for the IPL season. Why should he be allowed to play in the WI domestic competition? He was never interested in representing the WI. No sympathy from me. Couldn't care less.

  • michael on December 1, 2015, 11:27 GMT

    The intriguing events on how two different facilities can test Narine, clear him and now one of them says ALL deliveries are illegal. Can it be that we have another "Llong" issue here? Could the technology be OK and the person who does the test make "Llong" calls? Note "Llong" sounds like "wrong" so the cap fits.

  • Josiah on December 1, 2015, 11:05 GMT

    Narine refused the WICBs help during the world cup and prefered his development be handled by personal management and IPL franchise.. He was offered it publicly, by the way. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/story/824461.html

  • Nishantha on December 1, 2015, 6:46 GMT

    Well get some help from Murali. He has been through the mill more than anybody in world cricket. He managed to ball his variations within the stipulated criteria. He could help Narine to remodel his action

  • Derek on November 30, 2015, 20:25 GMT

    One hopes this goes somewhere to get it into the skulls of the so called loyal WI fans who hate the fact that professionals like Narine spend their time earning a living. Where is the WI management in his time of need. More importantly where have they figured during his development? Why does he have to undergo such scrutinity and tests of an action which should have been something spotted , monitored and corrected by the WICB? The fact is WI players are without the support the require. Having lucrative deals around the world will not help Narine as his "unplayable" action will ensure that his credibility us tainted by those who want it kept that way.

  • Jonathan on November 30, 2015, 16:15 GMT

    Narine is a unusual fellow, he always bounces back. I know he will be playing cricket soon probably bowling in time for the World T20. Whilst I will agree that his action is borderline with regards to flex, I still don't believe that he pushes 15 degrees. Its also quite puzzling that he was not too long ago cleared by this testing center, and then suddenly his action is illegal. I'm inclined to believe that the testing institutions are by no means in-sync with each other regarding guidelines for examining actions. He was cleared by Loughborough but found illegal at Chennai, He was then cleared by Chennai but found illegal at Loughborough. Either Narine was just lucky during testing or the entire process is a sham and doesn't really help anyone's cause.

  • John on November 30, 2015, 15:44 GMT

    @Eclipse0990 on November 30, 2015, 12:59 GMT; You are under a very common misconception. The rule has nothing whatsoever to do with having a straight arm. There is nothing in the laws that says you have to have your arm straight when you bowl. In fact, you can bend your arm as much as you like when you bowl. What you can't do is straighten your arm by more then 15 degrees as you deliver the ball. It's starting with a bent arm and straightening it as you deliver the ball that allows a bowler to impart more spin on the ball. This is particularly true for the doosra, which is pretty much impossible to bowl without straightening the arm as it's delivered, which is why it is such a focus when talking about off-spinners' actions.

  • John on November 30, 2015, 15:39 GMT

    @Chandra Sekar on November 30, 2015, 7:32 GMT;

    "By banning quality spinners, it is taking life of them."

    Noone is banning quality spinners. The ICC is only banning people from bowling with an action that is against the rules. If Narine really is a quality spinner then he will be able to modify his action to be within the rules and come back and take just as many wickets. If he can't do that, as Saeed Ajmal couldn't, then he really wasn't a quality spinner in the first place. I bet that I could take a few wickets myself if I didn't have to play within the rules.

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