Narine gets clearance From BCCI to play in IPL
CHENNAI, India (CMC):
Embattled West Indies off-spinner, Sunil Narine, has been cleared to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after successfully undergoing tests sanctioned by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The BCCI announced yesterday that the Trinidadian's name had been removed from the "warning list of bowlers with suspect action" after having his bowling action examined by a BCCI bowling review committee comprising S Venkatraghavan, Javagal Srinath and Arani Jayaprakash.
"The committee concluded that Mr Sunil Narine, who had remodelled his bowling action, was within the ICC approved limits for all types of deliveries that were assessed and has hence recommended to the BCCI, that his name may be removed from the warning list of bowlers with suspect action," an IPL media release said.
Narine was twice called for having a suspected illegal bowling action during last September Champions League Twenty20 in India and banned from representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.
The 26-year-old took time off from the game to undergo rehabilitative work and was subsequently cleared by cricket's world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).
However, he was told by the BCCI that he would have to undergo further tests at the SRMC centre here in order to be eligible for the IPL.
The successful review has allayed KKR's fears their champion bowler would have been ruled out of their title defence of the multimillion-dollar tournament starting Wednesday and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the IPL was pleased to have Narine participating.
"I am happy that we will witness Sunil Narine in action in the Pepsi IPL 8, since he is now cleared by the BCCI committee," Thakur said.
"We look forward to the opening match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians on the 8th of April in Kolkata, which promises to provide an exciting start to the tournament."
Narine led KKR's attack last season with 21 wickets, following up on his 22 scalps in the 2013 season.
He is ranked number two in the ICC T20 bowlers rankings.