West Indies spinner Sunil Narine who was retained by Kolkata Knight Riders for this year’s IPL, is in fresh controversy over his bowling action. The 29-year-old was reported for illegal action during the Pakistan Super League match between Lahore Qalandars and the Quetta Gladiators. A statement from the PCD said that the report will be sent over to West Indies Cricket Board for further action.
“The match officials’ report on Narine’s bowling action will be sent to Cricket West Indies (CWI) and he will have to go through the process that is followed by the CWI, for suspected illegal bowling actions,” said the statement.
Narine has made 82 appearances in the IPL for KKR and was previously reported for illegal bowling action during the Champions League T20 tournament in India in 2014. Narine has played 65 ODIs and 48 T20Is for the West Indies. He was pulled out of the international squad for the 2015 World Cup thanks to his bowling action. Narain was however allowed to return to his side after modifying his bowling action.
In November 2015 he was reported again after a match between West Indies and Sri Lanka. Narine was cleared to bowl just before the 2016 IPL.
The newest allegations may put his IPL plans for this year in question. Undoubtedly his absence will be a big blow to KKR who has packed in a light squad for 2018.