Friday, April 12, 2024

Narine banned from bowling offbreaks


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WEST INDIES SPINNER Sunil Narine has been banned by cricket authorities in India from bowling his offbreak deliveries in matches played there.

This means he won’t be able to use that delivery for his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he can bowl the knuckle ball and the quicker straight ball, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

Narine was reported twice last year during the ICC Champions League T20 and was subsequently banned from bowling in the final. He missed the West Indies’ tour of India and then withdrew from the World Cup squad while working on his action, but he did represent Trinidad and Tobago in the NAGICO Super50.

After undergoing testing in England, Narine was reinstated, but India’s Board of Control asked him to undergo another set of tests after he was reported on April 22 following the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The committee concluded the action was suspect and Narine will not be allowed to bowl offbreaks. He will have to undergo corrective work again, at the end of which he can reapply for assessment. (SAT)


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