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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspect action while playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Narine, who is representing the Lahore Qalandars, was reported during the Qalandars’ clash with the Quetta Gladiators on Wednesday.
While he has been placed on the PSL’s watch list, the 29-year-old is still permitted to keep bowling in the tournament. However, this will change if he is reported again.
Given that Narine has been reported, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will pass the match officials’ report to Cricket West Indies.
“Narine has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during Wednesday’s PSL Twenty20 game between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah,” a PCB statement said as quoted by cricket.com.au. “The match officials’ report on Narine’s bowling action will be sent to Cricket West Indies (CWI) and he will have to go through the process that is followed by the CWI, for suspected illegal bowling actions.”
This is not the first time Narine’s action has been reported as back in 2014, he was reported for a suspect action twice in two matches while playing in the Champions League T20. As a result, he was forced to miss the final of the tournament.
He also skipped the 2015 World Cup to work on his bowling action, but returned during the Indian Premier League (IPL) later that year.
However, while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the competition, Narine’s action was reported once again.
He subsequently had his action tested and he was banned from bowling his off-breaks.
Narine made his international comeback in November 2015, but was reported for a suspect action in his first series back.
He was suspended from bowling in international matches after all his action was found to be illegal.
Narine spent time remodelling his action and even missed the 2016 World Twenty20, which the West Indies won.
The Trinidad and Tobago native was cleared to bowl prior to the 2016 IPL.
Staying on the topic of the IPL, Narine was retained by the Knight Riders for the upcoming edition of the tournament. However, there is a possibility that his participation in the competition may be affected as a result of this latest setback.
However, unless he is reported again in the PSL or Cricket West Indies test his action and find it to be illegal, it is likely that Narine will be free to bowl during the IPL.