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ICC suspends Sunil Narine from bowling

Sunil Narine was the leading wicket taker for West Indies in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Sunil Narine was the leading wicket taker for West Indies in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment found his action to be illegal.

Earlier this month, Narine was reported by the umpires for a suspect action after the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele

Narine then underwent an assessment of his bowling action at the ICC’s accredited testing centre in Loughborough University on 17th November.

As confirmed by the ICC in a media release, all of Narine’s deliveries were found to be exceeding the allowed 15-degree elbow extension, thereby deeming his action illegal.

Based on the independent assessment the ICC has suspended Narine and the 27-year-old can reapply for another assessment after modifying his bowling action.

“The ICC today confirmed that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of West Indies Sunil Narine to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect," said the release.

“The assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.” 

The ICC also stated that the suspension will be upheld and enforced by all the cricket boards across the world in their respective domestic competitions.

However, Narine can play domestic cricket under the jurisdiction of the West Indies Cricket Board with the appropriate permission from the authorities.

“In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Narine’s international suspension will also 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.”

In 2014, after being reported for a suspect action twice in the now defunct Champions League Twenty20, Narine withdrew himself from the 2015 World Cup squad to remodel his action.

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