Narine to be tested again
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have decided to comply with rather than confront the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the latest episode involving Sunil Narine by deciding to get him tested at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai.
Earlier this week the Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner was reported for suspect action, the third time in the space of a few months.
Indications are that 26-year-old Narine, who was called for illegal bowling action during KKR’s match on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, could undergo the testing as early as today, although Narine is eligible to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the KKR management does not want him to undergo the trauma of being banned once again.
Another call from the umpires and Narine will be out of action, but if he comes clean from testing, the first call gets automatically lapsed and he starts afresh.
By getting him tested immediately, KKR will not have him out of action for too many matches because the BCCI promised the teams that it would hasten the process of assessment.
The report could be out in 48 hours, which means Narine could miss only Sunday’s fixture against Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata. He should be ready for the back-to-back games against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
It is a change in stance by the KKR when in March they decided to take on the BCCI/IPL management for refusing to recognise an assessment report from International Cricket Council-approved laboratory in Ludborough, UK after Narine was reported during Champions League Twenty20 in October last year.