Kolkata Knight Riders overlooked spin spearhead Sunil Narine of their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter towards Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Monday. He was changed by Englishman Tom Banton, who’s making his IPL debut.
Narine’s bowling motion was reported after Kolkata Knight Riders’ thrilling two-run win over the Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Narine, who performed a key position within the win, returned figures of two for 28. “The report was made by the on-field umpires [Ulhas Gandhe and Chris Gaffaney] according to the IPL’s Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy,” an IPL assertion mentioned, including that Narine could be positioned “on the warning list” however could be permitted to bowl except there was one other report towards him.
However, KKR on Monday expressed its shock on the umpires’ resolution to report Narine. “This came as a surprise to the franchise and Mr. Narine, considering he has played over 115 games in the IPL since 2012 and as many as 68 games since 2015, when he was last reported during the IPL season for a suspect action before being subsequently cleared completely by SRASSC, an ICC accredited facility,” KKR mentioned in an official assertion.
“Having said this, we are respectful of the process that the IPL has put in place to have his action reviewed, and are working closely with the IPL in this matter. We are hopeful that there would be an appropriate resolution quickly. We appreciate the cooperation being extended by the IPL in expediting this matter,” KKR added.