Kolkata Knight Riders superstar Sunil Narine has been declared ineligible to bowl in the Oppo CLT20 final following another report on his suspected illegal bowling action.
Narine was reported for a second time in as many matches over a suspected illegal action during KKR’s semi-final win over Hobart Hurricanes in Hyderabad, with umpires Rod Tucker and S. Ravi along with third umpire Vineet Kulkarni determining there was a flex action in his elbow beyond the acceptable limit.
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.
While Narine can technically be selected to play in the final, he would not be allowed to bowl, effectively ruling him out of the match.
The West Indian is the all-time leading wicket taker in CLT20 tournaments, and the No.2 ranked bowler in both one-day international and Twenty20 international cricket.
KKR will be advised to send Narine to the Sri Ramachandra Medical College for testing as per the testing protocol set by the ICC.
Narine was first reported on Monday during the Knight Riders’ win over South Africa franchise the Dolphins on the same ground by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettithody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharamsena.
Suspect actions in the news since June
3 June: Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
22 June: New Zealand off-spinner Kane Williamson is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
28 June: The ICC Cricket Committee meets in Melbourne and recommends an increased focus on bowlers with questionable actions.
12 July: Senanayake is banned from bowling by the ICC after undergoing official testing in Cardiff.
23 July: Williamson is banned from bowling by the ICC after undergoing official testing in Cardiff.
11 August: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
15 August: The ICC confirms three newly accredited testing centres will be unveiled in the coming months.
22 August: Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
25 August: Bangladesh off-spinner Sohag Gazi is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
25 August: Ajmal begins official testing at Cricket Australia's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
9 September: Ajmal banned with immediate effect by ICC. Pakistan Cricket Board say they will weigh up their options, while Ajmal says a medical condition is to blame and he remains confident of playing in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
10 September: Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain is reported for a suspected illegal bowling action and ordered to undergo testing within 21 days.
13 September: PCB release details of ICC report that show Ajmal was found to be straightening arm nearly three times the legal limit.
26 September: PCB suspend 16 domestic cricketers with suspect bowling actions.
28 September: Oppo CLT20 match officials report Lahore Lions captain Mohammad Hafeez and Dolphins bowler Prenelan Subrayan for suspect bowling actions.
30 September: Oppo CLT20 match officials report Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine for a suspected illegal bowling action
2 October: Sunil Narine is reported for a second time and disqualified from bowling in the Oppo CLT20 final