The Indian Premier League is set to kick-start from 8 April and after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, everyone is eager for the T20 competition to set cricket alight. But without a single ball being bowled, the IPL has already been involved in some controversy.
It was during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 that the West Indies spinner, Sunil Narine was banned for his suspect action. The player was also not allowed to play for the KKR during the finals as well.
So, there was a serious need for the spinner to look into his action and get it reworked as well for the ICC to declare him legal and the mystery spinner did so and was hence cleared after bio-mechanical test in Loughborough.
The BCCI, which rules the roost in world cricket, does not seem to agree with the ICC report and wants another round of testing in Chennai.
But, this BCCI's attitude of second testing is not understood, after the ICC has declared his action to be legal.
The Mumbai Mirror reported that the IPL team might even be thinking of pulling out of the lucrative IPL.
If this does happen, it is going to have a ripple effect in the entire tournament and the BCCI might need to be wise and look for alternate options to make KKR officials happy as well, who have also written to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya for intervention.
One needs no rocket scientist to explain about the importance of Sunil Narine to Kolkata Knight Riders. He has been one of the best bowlers in the IPL during the last three editions, where he has scalped 24, 22 and 21 wickets in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.
It is not only his wicket-taking ability, but also the way he contains the run-flow, which stands second to none. Batsmen often fail to read his deliveries and add to it his variations; the batsmen are always left bamboozled.
But, with his participation in doubt, one needs to see in the near future as to how does the BCCI and KKR resolve this issue.