Cricket-IPL allows KKR’s Narine to play after elbow bend warning

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MUMBAI, Oct. 18 (Reuters) – The Indian Premier League (IPL) said on Sunday that West Indian spinner Sunil Narine could continue playing after finding nothing illegal in his deliveries in an assessment which was prompted by a bet on guard in the field at the beginning of the month.

Narine’s team, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), called for the assessment after referees suspected an illegal elbow bend in an October 10 draw against the Kings XI Punjab and issued a warning.

The clearance means the 32-year-old can continue bowling in this year’s tournament, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

“KKR has requested an official assessment of Narine’s action from IPL’s suspect bowling action committee, submitting slow-motion action sequences with back and side angles,” the league said in a statement.

“The committee carefully reviewed all deliveries of action sequences sent from Narin to the naked eye and came to the conclusion that the elbow curvature appears to be within the allowable limits.

“The committee also noted that Narine is expected to replicate the same action in the future in matches of the IPL 2020 as presented to the committee in the video footage.”

The versatile bowling player reshaped his action after being flagged twice in the now defunct T20 Champions League in 2014. He was flagged in the 2015 IPL and also after a one-day match against Sri Lanka the same year. He was reported again in the 2018 Pakistani Super League.

Each time, Narine was then allowed to play bowl.

KKR said they were “surprised” by the latest warning and would work with the IPL to get Narine’s clearance. They ditched the Caribbean spinner for the next two matches.

KKR, led by England captain Eoin Morgan, is a two-time IPL champion and currently sits fourth in the eight-team IPL. They will play in Abu Dhabi later Sunday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, led by Australia’s David Warner.

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