Narine’s bowling action cleared by ICC

Sunil Narine – new technique.
Sunil Narine – new technique.

Sunil Narine, the Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies offspinner, had his bowling action cleared by cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council last Thursday before the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Narine was suspended from bowling in international cricket due to a illegal action in November 2015 after being reported during the third ODI on West Indies’ tour to Sri Lanka. An independent assessment at that time revealed that his action was illegal.

The 27-year-old offspinner was picked in the West Indies’ squad for the 2016 World Twenty20 tournament but later withdrew to work on remodelling his bowling action.

Narine has been a leading bowler for his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders who has won the title in 2012 and 2014. In 2012 he took 24 wickets and in 2014 he took 21 wickets. In his four IPL seasons he has taken a total of 74 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis and captain Gautam Gambhir have expressed relief following the ICC decision. Narine is now cleared to play in international and domestic competitions after successfully undergoing tests at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India, on March 28.

Narine, however, missed the first match which Kolkata Knight Riders played last Saturday against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens which Knight Riders won by nine wickets.

Narine had to return to Trinidad following the death of his father and was expected to play in the next game against Mumbai Indians yesterday (April 13).