Narine’s Career up in the Air Again After Being Reported

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West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirate – The career of West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was once again thrown into doubt after he was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the Pakistan Super League.

The 29-year-old Trinidadian, who plays for Lahore Qalanders, was reported following Wednesday’s 17-run victory over Quetta Gladiators in which he took two for 20 in an excellent four-over spell.

Narine has been placed on a warning list but is still free to play in the tournament. However, if he is reported again he will be slapped with a ban.

“Mr. Narine has now been placed on the warning list and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in the PSL,” the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed.

“As the PSL follows the ICC Regulations on illegal bowling ,if a player is reported while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the PSL tournament.”

The PCB are now expected to forward the match officials report to Cricket West Indies.

Narine’s career has been plagued by question marks over his action and was banned 2-1/2 years ago after being reported following an One-Day International between West Indies and Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

He took no part in the West Indies Twenty20 World Cup campaign in India in 2016 as he underwent remedial work on his action, and was eventually cleared to resume bowling in April of that year.

Narine courted controversy last month when he, along with fellow Trinidadians Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Jamaican Andre Russell, opted out of selection for the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. – CMC

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