Windies’ Narine reported for suspect action


Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine, the Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies off-spinner, has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka last Saturday at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
In a statement last Monday the International Cricket Council said “The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the West Indies team management after the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 27-year-old’s deliveries.
“He is required to undergo testing within 14 days and during this period Narine is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”
The three-match ODI series which the West Indies lost 3-0 saw the return of Narine to international cricket.
This is the first time he was reported in an international game. He was, however, reported last year during the 2014 edition of the Champions League T20 tournament and was free to bowl in international cricket but decided not to play and was trying to remodel his bowling action.
On the tour to Sri Lanka he picked up four wickets for 72 runs in the three ODIs and in the first T20 last Monday, which the West Indies lost by 30 runs, he took one for 20 in his four overs.
Narine made his first-class debut for Trinidad & Tobago in February 2009 and his ODI debut for the West Indies against India at Ahmedabad in December 2011. He made his Test debut against England at Birmingham in June 2012 and in the T20 format played first against Australia at Gros Islet, St. Lucia, in March 2012.
In the same year he participated in the Indian Premier League where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and was named Player of the Tournament in his first season, bagging 24 wickets. He also became the first player in IPL 2013 to take a hat-trick.
Narine represented the West Indies in six Tests taking 21 wickets. In his 55 ODIs he has collected 77 wickets and in 33 T20s he has bagged 39 wickets.
The second and final T20 against Sri Lanka was played yesterday (Nov. 11).
The West Indies Test team will travel to Australia for a three-match Test series Dec.10-14 at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

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