Pak spinner Hafeez suspended over bowling action

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The International Cricket Council's decision to suspend Hafeez from bowling came this week after the Pakistan all-rounder failed the bowling action test.

The ICC said of the off-spinner that "the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".

Even though Hafeez was gutted by the news, the 37-year-old insisted that he will remedy his action and get it re-tested to ensure he can continue to have an impact with both the bat and ball.

He can apply for a reassessment after modifying his bowling action. In November 2014 and June 2015, his bowling action was found to be illegal by the ICC, despite having remodelled it. Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals.


It is pertinent to note here that Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014. However, a few months later, his action was reported during the Galle Test versus 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.

One thing in Pakistan's and Hafeez's favour is a relatively light global schedule.

He said a lot of cricketers have been wasted by the PCB just because of mishandling. In the interim will be the PSL where, according to ICC regulations, he can bowl should the PCB choose to allow it.

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