Dubai: West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment of his action was deemed illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday.
The assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. The test was performed on November 17 at the ICC's accredited testing centre in Loughborough University, England.
Sunil Narine. Pic/ AFP
He was reported after the third One-Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in November.
"In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Narine's international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations within domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of the West Indies Cricket Board, Narine may be able to play in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the West Indies Cricket Board," an ICC statement said.
"The player can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions."
Narine was playing against Sri Lanka after a gap of more than a year in international cricket. He is currently the No.1 ranked bowler in the ODI and T20 rankings.