The Curious Case Of Sunil Narine’s Bowling Action


Sunil Narine, Kolkata Knight Riders’ ace off-spinner has his bowling action under the scanner, yet again. Though he hasn’t been performing too well this season, the officials have expressed their concerns regarding his deliveries. In a press release on Friday, BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur said, “A suspected illegal bowling action report has been filed by the match officials on certain deliveries bowled by Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders during the Pepsi IPL 2015 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders played on the 22nd of April, 2015 in Visakhapatnam.”

Going by the reports, the team is trying to get an appointment fixed at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai, which happens to be an ICC certified testing centre. The team doesn’t want to take any risk as this is not the first time that Narine has been spotted for illegal suspect bowling action. However, if we rewind back a few weeks, KKR had made it to the headlines, as the team threatened to walk out of the league if Sunil Narine was not allowed to play.

Off spinner Sunil Narine had been banned from playing during the Twenty20 Champions League 2014 owing to his suspect action. With Narine not being able to play, KKR lost the final against the Chennai Super Kings. Being overlooked during the West Indies tour to India in November, he wasn’t taken into the team. Moreover, he, himself opted out of the ICC World Cup 2015, and in the meanwhile he modified his action. As a corollary to his modified action, ICC cleared him during his biomechanical test in Loughborough.

In Narine’s case, however, the organizers refused to accept the report that was submitted by the ICC. As per the rules in the BCCI, since he was called for a second time, he was, automatically, banned from bowling in any BCCI-organized tournament. As it stood, back then, the BCCI had insisted that the off spinner should undergo another round of testing at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai. Thoroughly annoyed by the ordeals that Narine had been subjected to, KKR was said to be contemplating legal action against the BCCI for not permitting him to join the team for the upcoming IPL season. Accusing the BCCI for “targeting” Narine, KKR was of the opinion that since ICC had given the bowler a green signal, there was no need for him to go through another examination.

Exposing the flawed system that BCCI followed, KKR had pointed out that Narine was never called for chucking during the IPL but his action was, all of a sudden, found illegal in two back to back matches in the Champions League Twenty 20.

Since its inception, IPL has never been rid of controversies. Be it the biddings or the colossal owners of the teams, IPL has always made headlines for more controversies than cricket. The never ending mystery of Sunil Narine’s bowling stance, still haunts the game of cricket.

Sangeeta Purkayastha

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