Kolkata: Relieved after Sunil Narine’s action was cleared by the ICC, Kolkata Knight Riders star allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has said that it was a big boost to their campaign as the West Indies off-spinner was still the leader of their bowling attack. “It’s a big relief not only to me but to the entire team.
“He is a vital cog in KKR’s wheel. He has always played a great role in KKR’s success. So, it’s a big positive for us,” Shakib said on the sidelines of their practice session.
The Trinidadian had undergone a retest at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on March 28 and checked in the city ahead of KKR’s camp but only to rush back home after his father’s untimely demise. Narine was reported during the third ODI against Sri Lanka on 7th November, 2015 in Pallekele and subsequently banned.
At the retest, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extensions in Narine’s bowling action for all his deliveries that were tested was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted. The umpires, however, are free to report Narine in the future if they believe he uses a suspect action.
Shakib, however, said that Narine would still command the same respect he’s been getting all these years.
“I don’t think it matters much for a quality spinner like Narine. Everyone knows he’s a world-class bowler and batsmen give him the respect.