In a big blow to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Sunil Narine was Thursday suspended from bowling in the Champions League Twenty20, making the premier spinner ineligible for bowling in Saturday's final.
This followed a report on his suspected illegal bowling action during Thursday's match between KKR and Hobart Hurricanes here. KKR won the match to storm into the final.
Narine was reported for a second time in as many matches over a suspected illegal bowling action.
"After all video evidence of the match was taken into account, on-field umpires Rod Tucker and S. Ravi along with third umpire Vineet Kulkarni felt that there was a flex action in his elbow beyond the acceptable limit when bowling during the match," said a statement by the tournament organizers after the match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.
Narine was first reported on September 29 during KKR's match against the Dolphins on the same ground.
Under the CLT20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, if a player receives a report while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the tournament and from bowling in any matches organised by the BCCI until such date as he is cleared.
The team will be advised to send the player to the SRMC (Sri Ramachandra Medical College) for testing as per the testing protocol set by the ICC. SRMC is accredited by the ICC as a testing center for suspected illegal bowling action.