KKR coach Bayliss surprised  over Narine being reported

Hyderabad :  Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss has expressed surprise over their premier spinner Sunil Narine being reported for suspected illegal bowling action.

“Nothing’s been said in the last three years he’s been with KKR. So that was a bit of a surprise,” he said here on Wednesday ahead of their team’s clash with Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-final of Champions League Twenty20 here.

The coach, however, said the spinner was confident of overcoming the problem. “Sunil is a very placid character. It takes a bit to ruffle him. In fact he’s very confident,” Bayliss said. “It might be a problem. In fact he does know there’s a concern now. He’s got something he can go and work on. If he had known beforehand there’s a concern, he’d have been able to do some work on it in the past,” the coach said adding that he looked good during 20-minute net session.

Narine was reported for suspected illegal bowling action during Monday’s match against the Dolphins at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here. He was reported by both on-field umpires along with third umpire. The report specifically relates to the quicker ball bowled by the spinner. Narine has been placed on the warning list and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in a match, the organisers said.

Under the CLT20 suspected illegal bowling action policy, if a player receives a report while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the tournament and from bowling in any matches organised by the BCCI until such date as he is cleared.

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