With few days left for Indian Premier League (IPL) season 8 to undergo, we are hearing some big controversy in air. The defending champions, Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) are on two different terms with BCCI, regarding Sunil Narine’s participation in the tournament.
Sunil Narine was banned for a suspect in his action during the 2014 Champion League Twenty20 and was not allowed to play in the final against Chennai Super Kings, which the KKR lost by 8 wickets. Following which, he was also ignored for the West Indies Tour of India in November. He was left out of 2015 World Cup for the very same reason.
He then, modified his actions and went for the subsequent tests for them. He cleared them in Loughborough. However, ICC didn’t take a call since the action suspect was not being called in an International match. He was called in a match of Champions League T20, a tournament held by BCCI. According to the BCCI rules, since he was called for the second time – It makes him unable to bowl in any BCCI-held tournament.
Mumbai Mirror report suggests that BCCI has refused to take in account the report submitted by ICC. They however, insist that the offspinner should go for another test at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai. However, the report also suggests that KKR is contemplating a legal action against BCCI, and might pull out of the tournament if he is not allowed to play.
The indication from the team is pretty clear – their take points out a fact that if ICC has cleared his suspect actions, then he should be allowed to play in the tournament and no second test should be required. The team has met BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and translated their thoughts that Narine is “targeted”.
BCCI has confirmed that the matters are into consideration and a solution will be provided in some day for sure. In another phase of KKR, the replacements for Chris Lynn and Jimmy Neesham have been made with Azhar Mahmood and Johan Botha taking their places. They both missed out due to injuries.