Hyderabad, Oct 2: Kolkata Knight Riders' offspinner Sunil Narine has been banned from bowling in Saturday's (October 4) Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) final in Bangalore.
West Indian Narine, 26, was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action for the second time today in KKR's semi-final victory over Hobart Hurricanes here. He took 1/24 in 4 overs. Narine is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 from 5 games.
Narine had been reported a few days back and the organisers had said he was placed on the 'warning list' and a repeat would see him banned from bowling.
"Kolkata Knight Riders player Sunil Narine will not be eligible to bowl in the CLT20 final following a report on his suspected illegal bowling action," a media release from CLT20 said tonight.
"Mr Narine was reported for a second time in as many matches over a suspected illegal bowling action during this evening's Champions League Twenty20 semi-final game against the Hobart Hurricanes at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad.
"After all video evidence of the match was taken into account, on-field umpires Rod Tucker and S Ravi along with third umpire Vineet Kulkarni felt that there was a flex action in his elbow beyond the acceptable limit when bowling during the match."
The release further stated, "Under the CLT20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, if a player receives a report while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the tournament and from bowling in any matches organised by the BCCI until such date as he is cleared.
Mr Narine is suspended from bowling, but may continue to be selected to play in matches, however he will not be entitled to bowl."
Now, KKR have to send Narine for testing as per the protocal set by ICC.
"The team will be advised to send the player to the SRMC (Sri Ramachandra Medical College) for testing as per the testing protocol set by the ICC. SRMC is accredited by the ICC as a testing center for suspected illegal bowling action.
Mr Narine was first reported on 29 September 2014 during the Kolkata Knight Riders match played against the Dolphins on the same ground by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettithody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharamsena," the organisers said.
Narine is in the West Indies squad for the five-match ODI series against India. The first match starts on October 8 in Kochi.