IPL 9: Sunil Narine's clearance a huge relief for KKR, says Shakib Al Hasan

Kolkata: The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to clear the bowling action of West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has come as a huge relief to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan

Narine, who has played a key role in KKR’s success in recent years, was cleared by the ICC yesterday. The mystery spinner successfully underwent tests at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on March 28 after spending months remodelling his action. The 27-year-old was banned last November after the ICC ruled his action to be illegal. “I don’t know what changes he has had now. But it is a huge relief for the team. He is a very important part of KKR. Every time KKR has done well he has had huge influence. It is a positive news for us,” Shakib said.

The all-rounder, who bowls left-arm off-spin, said Narine will still be the leader of the spinning unit.

“For Narine, I don’t think so the set back will matter too much. He is a world class spinner and everybody respect him. This time too he will be leading the spinning attack. He has always played a vital role for KKR,” Shakib stated.

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