RCI St. Lucia
posted on April 02, 2015 08:33
Kolkata Knight Riders‘ (KKR) ace spinner Sunil Narine might have been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) but the West Indian will still have to appear for another test for his suspected illegal bowling action in Chennai, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Wednesday.
“I’ve spoken to them [KKR management], he has to appear for the test again. Be it once or twice,” Dalmiya told reporters on the sidelines of Cricket Association of Bengal’s felicitation programme of the 1989-90 Ranji Trophy winning squad that celebrated 25 years of the triumph today.
Dalmiya’s office confirmed that the test would be held at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
Narine was banned for his suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and was barred from playing in the final against Chennai Super Kings that the Knight Riders lost by eight wickets.
He was later dropped from West Indies’ tour of India in November and then the mystery spinner himself opted out of the 2015 World Cup.
The West Indian cricketer went back to the nets to rework on his action and was cleared by the ICC after his bio-mechanical test in Loughborough.
However, BCCI refused to accept the ICC report and insisted that the off-spinner from Trinidad has to undergo another round of testing as KKR are apparently mulling legal route.
The eighth season of the IPL begins here with the Knight Riders taking on Mumbai Indians on April 8.
The Manager of Sunil Narine's Club in Trinidad and Tobago says he is disappointed with the way the star spinner is being treated.
Queen's Park manager Jeffrey Guillen on #KKR's Sunil Narine:
We are extremely disappointed over what has transpired concerning Sunil Narine. He has worked very hard in correcting his action and just a few weeks ago, travelled to England, where he was cleared by an approved ICC centre.
Now this call by the BCCI to have him tested again is ludicrous. The IPL is a tournament that has to be sanctioned by the ICC and falls under their umbrella. Although, the IPL is a domestic tournament held by the BCCI, it still has to be sanctioned by the ICC, so I cannot understand, what they are saying. If the ICC approves this man, then they should follow suit and allow him to play. I am hoping that good sense prevails in this situation and that Narine will be allowed play.
Sunil has worked very hard and he will pass any test they want to have him do again. I just think that it is unfair to have him take the test again at this point.
I spoke to him the night before in St Lucia and he is doing well and looking forward to being part of the IPL.