Mumbai, Oct 4: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn offspinner Sunil Narine from the tour of India after he was reported twice for suspected illegal bowling action during the Champions League T20 (CLT20).
Narine was banned from bowling in the CLT20 final which will be played tonight in Bangalore. Narine was twice reported by the umpires for a suspect bowling action while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the tournament.
KKR will contest the final against Chennai Super Kings without Narine, who will fly home. Narine was part of the West Indies ODI squad. The five-match series starts in Kochi on October 8.
According to the ban, Narine cannot play in the tournaments organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but can bowl in international cricket.
"The West Indies Cricket Board advised today that Sunil Narine has been withdrawn from the touring party for the upcoming series against India," the board said in a press release yesterday (October 3).
"This came after discussions including Narine, the WICB Selection Panel and the West Indies Team Management. The withdrawal from the upcoming tour will allow Narine the opportunity to have his action assessed and plan his return to cricket," it added.
It said a replacement player will be named "shortly".
WICB Chairman of Selectors and former captain Clive Lloyd said he was disappointed with the developments surrounding Narine's bowling action.
"I am disappointed that our best bowler could suddenly be out of the tour. I am quite disappointed about the procedure that surrounded the 'calling' of Sunil in the Champions Trophy (League) tournament. These things have the potential to disrupt the team's preparation for a critical series against India but we will have to overcome this hurdle."
Lloyd added: "We would like some clarity from the authorities on what led to the present situation and the details as we move forward. I think there must be a better way of doing the right things."