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IPL 2020: Sunil Narine reported for suspect bowling action
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IPL 2020: Sunil Narine reported for suspect bowling action

Sunil Narine's bowling action has been reported after the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.

The canny off-spinner played a crucial role in KKR's tight two-run win over KXIP as he defended 14 runs in the final over and returned impressive figures of two for 28 in his spell.

"The report was made by the on-field umpires according to the IPL’s Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Policy. Mr Narine will be placed on the Warning List and is permitted to continue to bowl in the tournament," an IPL press release stated.

Another instance of Narine being called out for his bowling action would lead to him being suspended from bowling again in the competition until he is cleared by the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee.

The 32-year-old's bowling action has come under scrutiny several times over the past few years, most prominently being briefly banned from bowling in November 2015. His action was deemed illegal after the findings of an independent assessment, which ruled his elbow bent beyond the allowed 15-degree limit.

He has continued to remodel his action and has been forced to skip major ICC tournaments with the West Indies to avoid being outlawed in case of a repeated indiscretion.

Narine's action was last reported during his stint with Lahore Qalandars in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League. He was later cleared and resumed bowling in competitive cricket.

Narine is considered to be a vital member of the KKR outfit with his skillset not just limited to spin bowling, having established his reputation as a capable pinch-hitter in the recent past.

The other overseas spinner in Kolkata's squad is Chris Green, another bowler whose action came under the scanner in the Big Bash League earlier this year.