Narine suspended from bowling in international cricket

The West Indies off-spinner was found to have exceeded the permitted 15 degrees of flexibility of his bowling arm in all his deliveries, in an independent assessment by the ICC.

Sunil Narine was reported in the third ODI in West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka, his first international participation since August, 2014.   -  Reuters

Sunil Narine, the West Indies’ off-spinner, is barred from bowling in international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC), after a biomechanical testing at the ICC-accredited Loughborough University. The examination revealed all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees of arm flexibility allowed for a bowler.

Narine was reported by officials after the third One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Pallekele, on November 7. His last international outing was a Twenty20 International (T20I) against Sri Lanka, four days later.

According to an ICC media release, “Narine’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of the West Indies Cricket Board, Narine may be able to play in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the West Indies Cricket Board.”

The tour of Sri Lanka was Narine’s first international assignment since August, 2014, when he played Bangladesh in the Caribbean. Since then, he has had to face capricious analyses on his bowling. He was reported for suspect action in the Champions League in 2014, and despite being cleared, removed himself from participation in the 2015 World Cup after conjuring a remodelled action. He underwent another test to play the Indian Premier League (IPL), in which he was reported again, banned from bowling off-spinners, and then cleared again. This is the first time he has faced an international scrutiny.

Narine is currently in Bangladesh, playing the Bangladesh Premier League for Comilla Victorians.

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