WI Mystery Spinner Suspended

West Indies Mystery Spinner Sunil Narine, has been suspended from bowling in international cricket, with immediate effect, after he was found to have an illegal action.

Narine was reported after the third One Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele early in November. He underwent a testing at an ICC accredited centre at Loughborough University on November 17th.

The independent assessment revealed that all variations of Narine’s deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. According to article 6.1 of the regulations, “Narine's international suspension will 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."

This effectively rules Narine out of all international and possibly domestic cricket. However the player can apply for a reassessment after his bowling action has been modified in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowler Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.

Prior to these findings, Narine had only just returned to international cricket after more than a year long absence to correct his action. He was previously reported and banned from BCCI domestic events during the Champions League T20 2014. Having corrected his action and upon his return to international cricket, in the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, took 4 wickets from 3 ODIs with an average of 18.

Narine is currently ranked as the number one bowler in both ICC T20 Internationals and ODIs.

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