Dinesh Karthik Revealed Why KKR Dropped Sunil Narine From Their Playing XI: Sunil Narine, who has been one of the star performers for Kolkata Knight Riders, over the years wasn’t a part of the playing XI for the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. The Knight Riders had to take a bold decision after Sunil Narine was reported to illegal bowling action during their previous match against KXIP on Saturday.
Though, during the clash against KXIP, his spell made sure that KKR doesn’t lose the game out of their hand before eventually closing the game with a nail-biting finish. However, after a nail-biting clash against Kings XI Punjab, KKR’s star all-rounder, Sunil Narine has found himself under the scanner after his bowling action was reported by an on-field umpire with a final warning issued against the all-rounder.
During the match last night against RCB, Sunil Narine was replaced by Tom Banton. The skipper Dinesh Karthik was asked about the absence of Sunil Narine, DK revealed that the franchise had already released a statement.
“We had put our request statement, and you can just take a look at it. We have expressed our statements there,” DK said before the match kickstarted during the toss. Sunil Narine might clear his action at ICC Academy in Dubai and come back soon.
Meanwhile, Sunil Narine has been placed on the ‘warning list’ and is permitted to bowl in the tournament, unless there is another report against him. And if that happens, he might get suspended from bowling in the tournament. Before the match against RCB, a statement was released by KKR, where they mentioned that they are working with the IPL governing Council to resolve the issue. The statement read:
“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,”