Cooper, Narine to have actions assessed Down Under

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidadian bowlers Kevon Cooper and Sunil Narine have been sent to Australia to have their actions assessed, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Champions League campaign in September.

Both players had their actions brought to the attention of the West Indies Cricket Board during the Caribbean Twenty20 earlier this year and T&T team manager Omar Khan said it was important to have them cleared as they were crucial to the national side’s T20 setup.

The 22-year-old Cooper is a right-arm seamer who has only played T20s so far while off-spinner Narine, 23, has played two first class matches.

“Both players are crucial to our T20 setup and with the Champions League coming up in India we did not want a situation where they went up there, got called for a suspect bowling action and then cannot take part in the tournament,” Khan said.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended that we send the players to the Australian Institute of Sport, as they have the biometrics instruments to test the actions.

“When this is done we will be seeking approval of their action in writing from the ICC, so they would be able to take part in the Champions League without any problems.”

Both Cooper and Narine have undergone work at the High Performance Centre in Barbados and although Narine has made marked improvement, Cooper from all reports still needs further remedial work.

T&T coach Kelvin Williams has accompanied the players to Australia for 10 days before reporting to national selectors.

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