Cricket: Pakistan’s Hafeez gets 12-month bowling ban

Cricket: Pakistan’s Hafeez gets 12-month bowling ban

Cricket: Pakistan’s Hafeez gets 12-month bowling ban

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Jul, 2015 | 4:26 pm

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months after his action was found to be illegal for a second time since November 2014.

He will be able to have his action reassessed by the ICC only after this period is completed.

Hafeez had undergone testing at an ICC-accredited lab in Chennai on July 6, after his action was reported following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in June. The tests revealed Hafeez’s action exceeded the permitted 15-degree limit.

The 34-year-old had been reported for a suspect action after the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in November last year, and in December his action was found to be illegal following tests at an ICC accredited centre in Loughborough, England. He was found to have an elbow extension up to 31 degrees. After he was reported following the Galle match, Hafeez bowled in the second Test in Colombo, where he took one wicket before travelling to Chennai to have his action tested.

He missed the third Test in Pallekele as a result, but returned to play the first two ODIs in Sri Lanka, taking 4 for 41 and 2 for 61.

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