Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday released an official statement after spinner Sunil Narine was reported by match officials for a suspected illegal bowling action after the side's game against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday last week.
KKR stated that this report came as a surprise to the franchise and Narine, considering he has played over 115 games in the IPL since 2012 and as many as 68 games since 2015 when he was last reported during the IPL season for a suspect action before being subsequently cleared completely by SRASSC, an ICC accredited facility.
Kolkata based franchise further added, "We are respectful of the process that the IPL has put in place to have his action reviewed, and are working closely with the IPL in this matter."
"Furthermore, he was playing his 6th game this season, with no concerns expressed formally or informally by the match officials so far.
"Having said this, we are respectful of the process that the IPL has put in place to have his action reviewed, and are working closely with the IPL in this matter. We are hopeful that there would be an appropriate resolution quickly. We appreciate the cooperation being extended by the IPL in expediting this matter."
"Another report will result in Mr. Narine being suspended from bowling in the Dream11 IPL 2020 until cleared by the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee," IPL's release stated.
This is not the first time Sunil Narine's bowling action has come under the scanner. He was reported for the same offense in 2015 and was banned from bowling off-spinners in that season and even missed the 50-over World Cup for the West Indies to work on his action.
The International Cricket Council cleared his action in April 2016 but he had to pull out of the T20 World Cup in India that year. In March 2018, he was again reported during the Pakistan Super League.