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IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine Being Reported for Chucking Again is Surprising

Sunil Narine
The Indian Express

The Kolkata Knight Riders and their off-spinner Sunil Narine were both “surprised” by the fact that the West Indian bowler was once again denounced for chucking.

On Saturday, Narine was again reported for falling in his side’s IPL game against the Kings XI Punjab. The report was written by the referees Ulhas Gandhe and Chris Gaffaney on the field by the IPL’s alleged prohibited bowling policy.

In a statement, KKR said:

“Narine was reported for suspicious action by match officials following KKR’s game against KXIP, held on October 10, 2020, in Abu Dhabi. The matter came as a surprise; since 2012, he had played over 115 games in the IPL. And up to 68 games since 2015 when he was last reported during the IPL season. IPL season for unusual action before being consequently totally eradicated by SRASSC, an ICC accredited facility.”

Moreover, he played his sixth game in the 13TH edition of IPL, with no concerns expressed formally or informally by match officials so far.

KKR also said that they “respect the process put in place by the IPL to have its action reviewed and are working closely with the IPL on this file. We appreciate the extended cooperation by IPL to expedite this matter.”

During his nine-year-old international career, Narine was reported several times and was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in 2015. He then returned with a reshaped action.

However, his bowling action was again reported as “against the law” in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL). After this failure, he worked on his batting skills and became a useful hitter for the Kolkata Knight Riders, even opening the batting.