Hafeez suspended for illegal action again

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in global cricket with immediate effect by the ICC, after his action was found illegal in an independent assessment. This is the third time that the offie has been barred from bowling in worldwide cricket.

Following a test at Loughborough University, Hafeez's action was deemed illegal as a majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree flex limit.

Mohammad Hafeez was reported for suspect bowling action after the third one day global against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Hafeez did not bowl again in global cricket until earlier this year.

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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.

The spinner has taken 247 wickets in 326 global games for Pakistan.

By April 2015, he had remodelled his action enough to satisfy another test and he was cleared to bowl again. "Work harder on his batting", said Akram. He was suspended for a second time after an independent assessment revealed that he had an illegal bowling action after being reported in the Galle Test against Pakistan in June 2015. 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.

He said a lot of cricketers have been wasted by the PCB just because of mishandling.

  • Lawrence Cooper