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Sunil Narine reported for suspect bowling action

Sunil Narine reported for suspect bowling action
Sunil Narine (centre) has been in top form for West Indies in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
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West Indies spinner, Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action in the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.

The rain affected third ODI was won by Sri Lanka by a margin of 19 runs (D/L method) and the hosts eventually swept the three match series 3-0. 

A media release by the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that the umpires had raised questions over Narine’s action in the match officials’ report.

Narine will now have to undergo a testing process to assess the legality of his action within 14 days as per ICC guidelines.

“West Indies bowler Sunil Narine has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which the home side won by 19 runs in Pallekele on Saturday,” said the ICC media release.

“The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the West Indies team management after the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 27-year-old’s deliveries.

“Narine’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

“He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Narine is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.” 

Narine was earlier reported for a suspect action twice in the now scrapped Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) but this is the first time he has been reported in an international game.

After being called twice in the CLT20, Narine took no part in international cricket as the West Indies board wanted him to have his action assessed.

Narine also withdrew himself from the 2015 Cricket World Cup though he was initially named in the squad after remodelling his action. 

Earlier, ICC had suspended Marlon Samuels from bowling after reporting him for suspect bowling action during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. 

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