Sunil Narine has been a match-winner for the Kolkata Knight Riders ever since he became a part of the franchise in the Indian Premier League. Narine started off as a mystery spin bowler, and then evolved into an all-rounder. The Caribbean player has been an asset for KKR, and because of his stellar performances, the team has retained him for such a long time.
In the last match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab, Sunil Narine played an integral role in his team’s victory. Narine bowled the decisive last over for his team. His tight line and lengths did not allow the Mohali team’s batsmen to dominate him. Eventually, KKR won the game by a close margin of two runs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are playing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight, but surprisingly, Narine is absent from the team’s playing XI. In his place, Tom Banton is playing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The fans are wondering why the KKR team management dropped Narine from the playing for such an important fixture.
Tom Banton replaces Sunil Narine at Kolkata Knight Riders
Tom Banton has taken Sunil Narine’s place in the Kolkata Knight Riders’ playing XI. The reason is that Narine’s bowling action has been reported for suspect action. During the match against KXIP, Narine’s action came under the scanner.
Kolkata Knight Riders issued an official statement on this development and wrote:
“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 t he IPL season. for a suspect action before being subsequently cleared completely by SRASSC, an ICC accredited facility.”
Narine has received a warning for this reason, and although he can still play, KKR have possibly dropped him from the playing XI tonight to avoid any risks and give Narine time to work on his action. Another reason could be that the KKR team management wanted to try Tom Banton at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Another suspect action report can invite troubles for Narine
You can watch the video of what Dinesh Karthik said right here.
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