Suspense continues over Sunil Narine's availability in IPL as KKR face CSK

  • Kushal Phatarpekar, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 15:04 IST

Will he? Won't he? Ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR's) clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Tuesday, the query has all those involved, including the man in question - Sunil Narine - stumped.

Called for a suspect action, the Trinidadian is still awaiting the results of the re-test he undertook at the ICC-accreditated testing centre here on Saturday.

As it stands, the 26-year-old is eligible to play in Tuesday's match as he is only suspected of chucking. However, if reported again, the leg-spinner could face suspension.

The KKR management has so far insisted on playing him only after he is cleared.

Ahead of their previous game against Rajasthan Royals, skipper Gautam Gambhir made it clear that the KKR management did not see the spinner in the wrong. He had instead taken a veiled dig at the system, stating, "Most of us knew he was cleared so he could be reported again." had hurriedly sought an appointment at the Sriramchandra Sports Centre to have Narine tested. It was stated during the period that results could be made available within two days.

Narine available

When contacted, a KKR team official stated they were yet to receive any word on the test, but reiterated Gambhir's stand that Narine was available for selection.

Narine has remained in the city since landing here for the re-test with bowling coach Wasim Akram.

However, with a possibility that the result might be revealed anytime on Tuesday, Narine might still squeeze into KKR's playing XI at the last minute.

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team was not worrying about Narine, but added that they would be ready whatever the scenario.

"We have not given much thought on whether he plays or not. It is not in our hands but we deal with the day if he does play," said Fleming.

"It is tough to speculate on whether he is allowed to play. He is expected to be the best in their side and anything different would do on that day, but at this stage we are going in the match assuming him to be playing," he added.

If Narine does play, KKR will hope he drastically improves his performance. In the five games he has played so far, he has picked up only two wickets with his re-modelled action.

KKR missed his services in their match against Rajasthan Royals at Eden on Sunday. Fortunately for them, the match was washed out.

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