Narine faces another ban

West Indies’ Sunil Narine, left, unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera during their first Twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka, in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.
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West Indies mystery spin bowler Sunil Narine was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action.

The 27-year-old was reported following the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka last month and after undergoing testing at the Loughborough University on Nov. 17, his action was found to exceed the 15 degrees level of tolerance on “all variations of his deliveries.”

Narine will be allowed to play in West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) tournaments, but will be forced to curtail all other international commitments.

Narine, who was in the team for the Australia series which is now underway had to abort his campaign and return to his Trinidad and Tobago home.

Narine’s international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of the WICB he may be able to play in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the WICB.

Under ICC regulations, Narine can ask for a re-assessment once he has modified his action.

This is the second time Narine has been reported for a suspect bowling action. The development is a massive blow not only for Narine, but for West Indies, especially with the Twenty20 World Cup set to be played in India from March 11 to April 3, 2016.

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