Mumbai, April 29: Kolkata Knight Riders' West Indian spinner Sunil Narine was today banned from bowling his off-spinners at the Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced.
"Following the provisions of the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy, the committee has concluded that Mr. Narine's bowling action for his off-spinner, contravenes Law 24.2 (as read with Law 24.3) of the Laws of Cricket and therefore the player is now banned from bowling the off-spinner in matches organised by the BCCI, including the IPL. He may however continue to bowl his other deliveries (the knuckle ball and the quicker straight ball)," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a media release on Wednesday.
"If Mr. Narine were to again bowl the off-spinner in this season's IPL, the on-field umpires would apply Law 24.2 and call "No ball" and, at the end of the match, would issue a further Report. Pursuant to clause 3.4 of the IPL Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy, the player would in such circumstances automatically be suspended from bowling in BCCI-organised matches," he added.
On 22 April 2015, Narine was reported by the Match Officials for a suspected illegal bowling action for certain deliveries bowled by him during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Visakhapatnam. After this report, Narine visited the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC) in Chennai for a biomechanical analysis of his bowling action, BCCI said.
The BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee has reviewed the evidence of the match footage and the analysis provided by SRASSC. Narine may undergo a course of bowling rehabilitation and take corrective measures to ensure that his action does not contravene Law 24 and may then request a further Official Assessment by the Committee, BCCI has said.
Last year, Narine was banned from bowling in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20). Earlier this year, he had withdrawn from ICC World Cup 2015. The West Indian was dropped from yesterday's match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which KKR lost by 2 runs.