Written by Staff Writer
31 Mar, 2015 | 9:58 am
The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League is still nine days away but the first controversy has already hit the tournament. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are set to get into a legal battle with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding the participation of their star spinner Sunil Narine, according to a report.
West Indian Narine was banned for his suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and was barred from playing in the final against Chennai Super Kings. KKR lost the game by eight wickets. Following that, Narine was dropped from West Indies’ tour of India in November and then, the mystery spinner himself opted out of the 2015 World Cup.
Narine went back to the nets to rework on his action and was cleared by the ICC after his bio-mechanical test in Loughborough.
However, BCCI refused to accept the ICC report and has insisted that the off-spinner from Trinidad has to undergo another round of testing at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai.
KKR, as expected, is now contemplating legal action against BCCI, according to a report in the Mumbai Mirror. The Kolkata franchise officials have pointed out that since Narine was cleared by the ICC, he shouldn’t be forced to undergo another one. The team has also alleged the BCCI of ‘targeting’ their star spinner.
KKR also said that Narine was not hauled up for ‘chucking’ during the IPL but his action was suddenly found illegal in the CLT20.
The BCCI president’s office has confirmed that a decision would be taken regarding this matter in the next few days. KKR chief executive officer Venky Mysore, however, has denied the reports about KKR speaking to the BCCI chief.
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