IPL 13: Narine's fizz missing as BCCI asks spinner to reproduce 'assessment action' in matches
Announcing the removal of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Sunil Narine's name from the warning list of suspect bowling actions for this edition of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI said that the spinner should stay true to the action that was submitted for an official assessment.
Dubai: Announcing the removal of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Sunil Narine's name from the warning list of suspect bowling actions for this edition of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI said that the spinner should stay true to the action that was submitted for an official assessment.
While it is not known if he has been asked to wear half sleeves -- a rarity with the spinner over the years -- the BCCI said that Narine "should reproduce the same action going forward as presented to the committee (IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee) in the video footage".
Narine returned to the field against Delhi Capitals on Saturday with a reworked action, but the zip was missing as he looks to create an impact with the ball. Same was the case on Monday against Kings XI Punjab. In the two games since his return, Narine has had figures of 0/37 and 0/27 against DC and KXIP respectively.
Even as KXIP spinner Murugan Ashwin spoke about the ball taking turn in Monday's game between KXIP and KKR -- during his chat with host broadcasters during the mid innings break-- Chris Gayle mentioned taking advantage of Narine not getting turn as the batsman hit a match-winning 51 off just 29 balls.
Asked if the BCCI can indeed keep track of whether Narine is reproducing the same action that he submitted footage of for clearance, a board functionary in the know answered in the positive.
While KKR issued a statement saying they were surprised by the incident, Narine worked closely with Englishman Carl Crowe to help rework his action and submitted video footages of the latest action for the IPL committee to clear him.
Interestingly, former BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry called for the use of Artificial Intelligence to help increase the fairness quotient of the game.
"The need of the hour is to explore the usage of Artificial Intelligence in conjunction with the broadcast feed to know the angle of extension of the bowling arm in real-time for every delivery. In addition to this, it is high time to revisit the balance between the on-ground umpires and the third umpire to ensure greater consistency of accurate decisions. All this would just enhance the fairness quotient of the game," he said. (ANI)