This is a huge respite for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as their star all-rounder Sunil Narine has been cleared by the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Suspect Bowling Action Committee and his name has been taken off the suspect action warning list. He was given a green signal to play following an IPL media release on Sunday, October 18.

The suspect on Narine’s bowling surfaced after their clash against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). With KKR’s exceptional bowling, especially by Narine in the death overs, they managed to win the match by two runs. However, little could they cherish the win, as Narine was reported by the on-field umpires Ulhas Gandhe and Chris Gaffane for a suspect action. The doubt surfaced during the last over of the match in Narine’s bowling when Kings XI needed 14 runs for victory.

In order to continue a hassle-free tournament ahead,  KKR dropped him for a couple of matches and requested the Suspect Bowling Action Committee to review his action. The committee comprising Rahul Dravid, ICC match referee Javagal Srinath, former ICC umpire K Hariharan and BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal gave the clarification on the suspected action. 

"KKR requested for an official assessment of Mr Narine's action from the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee, submitting action footage in slow motion with back and side angles," the IPL statement said. "The Committee carefully reviewed all the deliveries of action footage sent of Mr Narine with the naked eye and has come to the conclusion that the elbow-bend appears to be within the range of permissible limits."

It is not the first time that Sunil Narine’s bowling action has been doubted. Narine has had problems with his action in the 2014 Champions League T20 tournament, IPL 2015, and even had to miss the 2015 World Cup in order to work on his action.