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T&T and West Indies off-
spinner Sunil Narine is not
giving up so easily as far as
his career in the Indian Pre-
mier League (IPL) is con-
The mystery spinner was told
by the Board of Control for
Cricket in India that he cannot
bowl his stock delivery, the
"off-spinner" in any cricket
match organised by them.
Narine, on the advise of offi-
cials at the Kolkata Knight Rid-
ers team, decided to re-take the
test yesterday in Chennai at the
ICC-accredited Sri Ramachan-
dra Arthroscopy and Sports Sci-
After a fair amount of his
deliveries were reported by the
match officials during Knight
Riders away match against
Sunrisers Hyderabad on April
22, Narine underwent testing
The tests revealed that Narine
had a flex in his elbow while
delivering the offspin delivery.
Consequently, the BCCI, while
allowing Narine to play in the
IPL, made it clear that he could
not bowl his stock ball.
Among other deliveries that
were tested and cleared were
his knuckle ball and straighter
A source close to the Arima
man told the T&T Guardian:
"Sunil did another test and he
is confident that he will get the
all clear in a few days time. He
felt good bowling the off-spin-
ner during the tests in South
India and is looking forward to
getting back into action with
his full repertoire of deliveries
available at his disposal.
"He has shown tremendous
strength during this ordeal and
will get past this. He just needs
to understand that there is
something called muscle mem-
ory so it is easier for him to
slip back into his old action. He
needs to focus deeply on his
bowling and with repeated
practice he would be able to
adapt nicely to the new action.
Despite what he is going
through, his career is far from
over, he is too strong of a char-
acter to give is easily."
Narine did not play in yes-
terday s win by the KKR over
the powerful Chennai Super
Kings. Instead his countryman
Andre Russell scored a half cen-
tury to take the KKR to an easy
MUMBAI---Former India spinner Murali Kartik
has cautioned against rushing Sunil Narine back
into action for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian
Premier League (IPL) after the West Indies spinner
was banned from bowling offbreaks.
Kartik describes the ban as a setback and warned
that rushing him back into action could be detrimental
to Narine and his KKR outfit.
Narine has been barred from bowling offbreaks in
the IPL and matches organised by the BCCI after
evidence reviewed found he had an illegal bowling
"It is already hurting him [Narine] in terms of
physical and emotional pain because just to be called
or to be put on the suspect [actions] list is a big
thing," Kartik told ESPNcricinfo.
"You can see it is hurting. He is not the Narine
we have known because his economy rate has gone
up and his wicket-taking ability has gone down."
Narine s economy rate in five matches this season
is 7.35, a noticeable increase from the 5.77 he has
managed across three previous seasons.
He is now expected to undergo corrective work on
his action again after which he can request for another
assessment by the BCCI committee.
"He needs to have very strong people around him,"
"People who need to give him the belief that by
changing and remodelling his action he can comeback.
And secondly he needs to be given a bit of time
because it is a scar --- not just a mental scar but a
scar on your record".
Narine has been allowed to continue bowling his
other deliveries including the knuckle ball and the
quicker straight ball.
"If he is going to be questioned again it is a lots
of mental stress for both the team management as
well as the player," said Kartik. (CMC)
Narine takes another test Former Indian
T&T s men s and women s 4x100m
teams left for Bahamas on Wednesday for
the 2nd IAAF/BTC World Relays Cham-
pionships at the Thomas A Robinson Sta-
dium, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas.
Locally-based sprinters Emmanuel Cal-
lender, Marcus Duncan, Kyle Greaux, Kamari
Durant and Lisa Wickham departed Piarco
on 6.45 am, along with team manager Dexter
Voisin and head coach Dr Ian Hypolite and
will join up with Rondell Sorillo, Richard
Thompson, Keston Bledman, Michelle Lee-
Ahye, Kai Selvon and Reyare Thomas, who
will travel from the US training camps.
Voisin said the team arrived in the
Bahamas one day ahead of the official arrival
day to get in practice. "We made some
arrangements to get the 4x100m teams in
a day before so that the team can get some
practice which we did not get before," he
At the inaugural World Relays in 2014,
also in the Bahamas, the men s 4x100m
team of Bledman, Burns, Sorillo and Thomp-
son won silver in 38.04 behind the winners
Jamaica (37.77). The NAAA assistant sec-
retary is hoping the men sprinters can con-
tinue their impressive record, which dates
back to 2008 and 2012 Olympics, 2014
Commonwealth Games and the 2009 World
Championships. T&T won medals at all
He said: "We see the men s 4x100m (team
members) having decent (season) openers.
Around this time last year Marc Burns had
run 10.3 but he opened this year with 10.17
which augurs well for the team. The expec-
tation is high but with relays you need to
get the baton around efficiently."
Voisin added that T&T will be relay prac-
tice is very important as there are several
teams in contention for medals.
"We have been struggling somewhat in
terms of getting perfect passes. The standard
has risen for most of the countries with the
likes of Canada and Japan focusing on the
relays. Some of these countries don t have
athletes ranked in the top ten in the indi-
vidual event so they could commit to relay
"However, we have athletes who are in
the top rankings so in (major championships)
they concentrate on their individual events
and then we have to manage the time to
concentrate on relays," Voisin said.
Double Olympic and World Champi-
onships relay silver Emmanuel Callender is
happy at being able to compete in his first
World Relay Champs and is looking to add
another medal to his collection. "I am just
looking forward to going out there and flying
the red, white and black. I am looking for-
ward to my first ever World Relays Cham-
pionships and coming back home with a
medal," said Callender.
The 2011 Pan American Games 100m
bronze medallist hopes that a World Relay
medal would be the first of many medals
Another team-member Marcus Duncan
is making his first national team in five years
and was surprised at his selection. "After
being out for a while I am extremely happy.
My last team was the 2010 Commonwealth
Games. (Being selected) was not something
I considered part of my schedule but once
I was on the team I decided I would make
proper preparations. The year has been good.
I am relatively healthy with no major
injuries," said Duncan.
It has been more knicks and knacks. The
2004 CAC junior boys under-20 champion
believes T&T has a strong team to finish in
the top four.
T&T teams arrive in Bahamas early
...Men's 4x100m looking to medal again
Members of T&T's men's
and women's 4x100m
teams before their
participate in the 2nd
IAAF/BTC World Relays
in the Bahamas. From
left (front row): Kyle
Durant, Lisa Wickham,
Marcus Duncan and
(manager). (Back row):
Dr Ian Hypolite (head
coach) and Zephyrinus
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"We need to come hard at the English," declared
Captain Denesh Ramdin.
"We are one down, so we need to play a little more
aggressive and positive cricket."
There are reports that England may be considering
some changes to the team which secured the one-
nil series lead in Grenada last week.
Chris Jordan is said to be under pressure to prove
his worth in England s attack after taking five wickets
at 45.60 in the series.
Ben Stokes, who is seen as an attractive option
with his all-round ability, is suffering with a sore
back and could miss out.
"The normal inclination is to go with the same
team because you like to give people the confidence
that they are not always playing for their place," said
Alastair Cook, the England captain.
"You get stability when you re winning and every-
one knows their role in the team. (CMC)
Taylor set to return
Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite
(vice captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine
Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shiv
Chanderpaul, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai
Hope, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach,
Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
The BCCI suspect bowling
action committee claims
that Sunil Narine's off
break delivery is illegal.
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