30 Nov 2015

Windies spinner Narine suspended for illegal action

8:52 am on 30 November 2015

West Indian spin bowler Sunil Narine, the world's top-ranked bowler in both forms of limited-overs cricket, has been suspended from international matches because of an illegal action.

The West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine.

The West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The International Cricket Council has issued a statement saying that an independent assessment found Narine's bowling action was illegal because his elbow extended beyond the maximum limit of 15 degrees.

The ICC said the suspension would take place with immediate effect, but Narine could reapply for a re-assessment after modifying his action.

The 27-year-old Narine is currently rated the number one bowler in the ICC's rankings for 50-over One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s.