Narine cleared to resume bowling, relief for KKR

The off-spinner is set to represent Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, which starts on Saturday.

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West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been cleared to return to domestic and international cricket.

Sunil Narine has been cleared to resume bowling after the ICC deemed his action to be legal. West Indies off-spinner Narine was reported during the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in November.

Narine subsequently missed the Windies' triumphant World T20 campaign, but, following tests in Chennai, is free to return to domestic and international cricket.

"At the retest, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extensions in Narine's bowling action for all his deliveries that were tested was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions," an ICC statement said.

Narine had previously been reported for a suspect action in the Champions League T20 and withdrew from the Windies' Cricket World Cup side in 2015 in order to remedy the problem.

The off-spinner is set to represent Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, which starts on Saturday. But he may still be i n doubt for Knight Riders’ first match against Delhi Daredevils on April 10, having returned to the West Indies following the death of his father.

The umpires are free to report Narine in the future if they believe he uses a suspect action. The retest was performed at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on March 28.

Narine was reported during the third One Day International against Sri Lanka on November 7, 2015 in Pallekele and subsequently banned. Narine had previously spent a year out of the West Indies side working on his action but, three games into his comeback, he was pulled up again. The WICB initially named him in the squad for the 2016 World T20, but he withdrew citing “insufficient progress in the rehabilitative work on his bowling action“.

He was also called for a suspect action during the 2014 Champions League and the 2015 IPL, although he escaped second time around with a “final warning” from the BCCI.