Pakistan's Mohammad Hazeef suspended by ICC for illegal bowling action

Posted November 19, 2017

Former chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf on Friday expressed doubts over the Loughborough University's test report after Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action was declared illegal for third time in three years. ICC suspended him from bowling in global cricket on Thursday.

After the assessment, it came to light that he had exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance as permitted according to the ICC regulations.

Hafeez, who was due to join the BPL franchise on November 18, was reported for faulty action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka last month.

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Fuming Pakistan cricket fans challenged International Cricket Council (ICC) for banning Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket by taking examples of Indian spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh.

The 37-year old can apply for re-assessment unless he modifies his bowling action in accordance with the clause 4.5 of the regulations under suspension. In April 2015, his bowling action was passed as legal by the governing body. In a different time, Hafeez's action was called in Australia as well - back in 2005 - while just before he was reported in November 2014, he was also reported in a Champions League T20 game in India. Just a couple of months later, however, he was reported again during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. Assessments once again showed that his action was illegal and was banned from bowling for 12 months, which is the ICC penalty if a bowler's action I found to be illegal twice in the previous 24 months. It will be hard for Hafeez to start bowling again in time for Pakistan's next assignment, a limited overs series in New Zealand in January.

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