Narine backed by board over bowling action suspension

Sunil Narine will receive the full support of the West Indies Cricket Board following his suspension from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect, according to a board media release.

The suspension followed the announcement from the International Cricket Council, the sport’s world governing body, that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Narine to be illegal.

“It will be a blow to Sunil to have failed the ICC biomechanics assessment of his action and be suspended from bowling,” said WICB Director of Cricket Richard Pybus.

“We will be offering our support to Sunil as he does the remedial work on his bowling action. I know the time and effort he has put in to do this work previously and I am sure this will just deepen his resolve to come back a better bowler.”

Narine was reported after the third One Day International on the Tour of Sri Lanka last month. The 27-year-old Trinidadian has a reputation as a mystery bowler, due to the variations that he has on his off breaks, and how he disguises them.

Narine has been suspended for his bowling action before. He missed out on the 2014 Champions League for an illegal action over 15 degrees. He did not play the finals of the 2014 Champions League for this reason.