Dinesh Karthik reveals why Sunil Narine didn’t play against RCB

Sunil Narine has been an important bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League at the United Arab Emirates. Having played six games this season, the Caribbean has accounted for five dismissals. In the last two games, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik used Narine effectively in the death overs and the results were outstanding.

Dinesh Karthik reveals why Sunil Narine didn't play against RCB
Sunil Narine

During the match against Kings XI Punjab, Sunil Narine bowled the last over of the game and then helped the team earn a thriller two-run victory over Lokesh Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab. Sunil Narine might not have unleashed his batting potential but he performed really well with the ball.

He was easily dismissed by fast bowlers who used the simple trick by bowling short-pitched deliveries to outsmart Sunil Narine. Nonetheless, he did full justice with the ball so far. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine couldn’t make the cut for Kolkata Knight Riders’ playing XI for the match versus Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

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Why Sunil Narine was excluded from KKR playing XI against RCB?

KKR team management had to take the hardest decision after Sunil Narine was reported for suspect bowling action during the game against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday’s encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. After the game between RCB and KKR, Dinesh Karthik was asked about Sunil Narine’s omission from the playing XI against RCB.

“We had put our request statement, and you can just take a look at it. We have expressed our statements there,” Dinesh Karthik was quoted as saying before the match. The West Indies spinner might clear his bowling action at ICC Academy in Dubai and expected to make a grand comeback anytime soon.

Sunil Narine is still eligible to bowl in the IPL after being reported as he was added in the warning list. Needless to say, if he was reported once again, he would be banned from bowling in the IPL until he clears his action.

Ahead of the match against RCB, Kolkata Knight Riders released a statement, stating that they are working with the IPL Governing Council to sort out the problem.

“Mr. Sunil Narine was reported for suspect action by the match officials after KKR’s match vs KXIP held on Oct 10, 2020 in Abu Dhabi. This came as a surprise to the franchise and Mr. 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.

“Furthermore, he was playing his 6th game this season, with no concerns expressed formally or informally by the match officials so far,” the statement read.

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