Kolkata, Apr 5: Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has said the BCCI’s clean chit to Sunil Narine’s bowling action was a big relief for the reigning champions ahead of IPL-8 cricket tournament. Mystery spinner Narine was cleared to play for Kolkata Knight Riders after the BCCI’s review committee dealing with suspect action gave the West Indian a clean chit.

“Of course, a big news for us. He has always played a big role for the team. He’s very important in our scheme of things. We came to know this maybe last night or this morning,” the Bangladeshi allrounder told reporters here. Having got the clearance from the Board which communicated the development through a statement, Narine, who skipped the first two days practice sessions, finally turned up for practice at the Eden Gardens this evening.

The KKR ‘trump card’ got the biggest applause from fans who screamed ‘Narine, Narine’ as he stepped out of the team bus. But a thunderstorm just before they checked into the ground denied Narine a chance to bowl at the nets with the corrected action. The team members later used the indoor facility of the Cricket Association of Bengal as most of the areas were soggy and under water.

Fresh from his memorable show at the World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav joined the Knight Riders camp. Kolkata Knight Riders kick start the tournament by taking on Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday.