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The bowling action of West Indies mystery offspinner Sunil Narine has again come under scrutiny.

Narine was reported for a suspect bowling action during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) game between Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators on March 14,” reported ESPNcricinfo.

“This means he has been placed on the PSL’s watch list but can continue to play the tournament unless reported again,’ it said. “The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) will pass on the match officials’ report on Narine’s action to Cricket West Indies (CWI).

“Mr. Narine has now been placed on the warning list, and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in the PSL,” the PCB said in a statement.

“As the PSL follows the ICC regulations on illegal bowling actions, if a player is reported [again] while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the PSL tournament,” it added.

“The match officials report on Mr. Narine’s bowling action will be sent to the West Indies Cricket Board, and he will have to go through the process that is followed by the West Indies Cricket Board, for suspected illegal bowling actions,” PCB continued.

ESPNcricinfo said Narine has had his action reported several times in the past. During the Champions League Twenty20 in 2014, he was reported twice in two matches and missed the final, ESPNcricinfo said.

It said Narine pulled out of West Indies’ World Cup 2015 squad “to give himself time to work on his bowling action following that, returned during the IPL, and was reported once again during that tournament.”

After testing, ESPNcricinfo said his offbreaks were banned, but later in the tournament he was given a “final warning” by the Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI) and struck off the watch list.

Narine returned to international duty in November 2015, only to be reported once again during his first series back - limited-overs games against Sri Lanka, ESPNcricinfo said.

It said he was suspended from bowling — even while the No. 1 bowler in the ICC rankings for ODIs and T20Is - at the end of November, and missed the 2016 World Twenty20 as well to work on his action.

He was cleared to bowl again ahead of IPL 2016, ESPNcricinfo said.

It said Narine was one of only two players retained by his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of this season, which begins on April 7, “and questions remain over whether this will affect his participation in the tournament.

“It is unlikely to affect it, unless he is called for a second time in the PSL, or CWI (Cricket West Indies) runs tests that find his action to be illegal,” ESPNcricinfo said.

Updated 10:03 pm, March 21, 2018
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