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The Kolkata Knight Riders have been dealt a major blow just before their first Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) final after it was announced that West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from bowling since his action was reported for a second time.
Narine was first reported in Kolkata’s final group match against the Sunfoil Dolphins and then once again in the team’s semi-final match against the Hobart Hurricanes.
According to a CLT20 release, the umpires reviewed footage of Narine’s bowling action in the semi-final and “felt that there was a flex action in Narine’s elbow beyond the acceptable limit when bowling during the match”.
However, this ban will not effect Narine’s international career as it is only confined to the CLT20 and other Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL).
West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy voiced his support for his team-mate and stated that he is confident Narine will bounce back from this setback.
“I am not worried. Narine is a champion. Whether they stop him from bowling the faster ball, he is still the most dangerous spinner in the world,” Sammy had said. “I believe that he will still be a great asset to us. He will do whatever he has to do and have all his different tricks up his sleeves by the time the World Cup is here. I still feel he will be our a champion spinner.”