IPL 2020: Sunil Narine’s bowling action cleared

IPL 2020: KKR's Sunil Narine Taken Off Suspect Action Warning List

In what comes as a big boost for Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunil Narine has been cleared by the IPL's suspect action bowling committee and can bowl for the rest of the IPL 2020 without any worry.

Both Narine and Knight Riders had expressed surprise after the bowler was put on the warning list by the IPL immediately after he played a match-winning role in thrilling two-run victory against Kings XI Punjab on October 10.

Because of Covid-19, the BCCI waived off a requirement for 3D biomechanical test, usually a necessity with the official assessment. "The Committee carefully reviewed all the deliveries of action footage sent of Mr Narine with the naked eye and has come to the conclusion that the elbow-bend appears to be within the range of permissible limits", the IPL media release stated.

In the match played against Kings XI Punjab last week, there was a complaint of suspicious bowling action against Sunil Narine.

Interestingly, while the board mentioned that Narine has been cleared, it did not mention who all comprised the committee. He was reported twice in the Champions League 2014 tournament and missed the 2015 World Cup in order to work on his action. And with on-field umpires reporting him again, Narine had fallen back on Crowe to help rework his action for the remaining games of the 13th edition of the IPL.

The Knight Riders, who have won four games from their eight matches in the IPL 2020 so far, will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the first match of Sunday's double-header in Abu Dhabi.

Now KKR will come down with full force against SRH as there is a lot of hope that Sunil will be seen playing in this match because his bowling action has now got a clean chit. The suspected bowling action committee of the IPL has passed the suspected bowling action of the spinner. In 2015, Narine served suspension from bowling in worldwide cricket after his motion was declared unlawful by the ICC. But has faced problems with the action and was once again reported in 2018 before last week's warning.

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