Sunil Narine: West Indies spinner banned for illegal action

Sunil Narine appeals for a wicket
Sunil Narine withdrew from this year's World Cup to remodel his action

West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from bowling in international cricket after his action was judged to be illegal.

An independent assessment ruled that the 27-year-old from Trinidad bent his elbow beyond the 15-degree limit in all variations of his deliveries.

Narine was reported during this month's third one-day game against Sri Lanka.

He is the number one bowler in the world rankings for one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

An International Cricket Council statement said: "Narine's international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all national cricket federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction."

However, the world governing body added that he may be able to play domestically in the West Indies with the consent of the West Indies Cricket Board.

Narine was twice reported for a suspect action in September and October while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20.

He withdrew from the West Indies squad for this year's World Cup in order to spend time remodelling his action.

Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny
Marlon SamuelsWest IndiesReported in November 2013; cleared in December (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries); reported again in October 2015
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesReported in November 2013; suspended in December; cleared to return in March 2014 (but banned from bowling doosra)
Sachithra SenanayakeSri LankaReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Saeed AjmalPakistanReported in August 2014; suspended in September; cleared to return in February 2015
Prosper UtseyaZimbabweReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to bowl seam in December (but banned from bowling off-spin)
Sohag GaziBangladeshReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to return in February 2015
Malcolm WallerZimbabweReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in August 2015
Mohammad HafeezPakistanReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in April 2015; reported again in June; banned for 12 months in July
Bilal AsifPakistanReported, then cleared, in October 2015
Sunil NarineWest IndiesReported, then suspended, in November 2015

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