Abu Dhabi - Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been reported with a
suspected illegal bowling action during the first Test against New
Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, the International Cricket Council
(ICC) said Thursday.
"The match officials' report, which was
handed over to the Pakistan team manager Moin Khan, cited concerns about
the legality of the 34-year-old's bowling action," the ICC said.
Pakistan won the match by 248 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process
relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, one-day
matches and Twenty20s.
As per the ICC rules on dealing with the
suspect action, Hafeez is required to undergo testing within 21 days,
and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in
international cricket until the results of the testing are known.
is the second Pakistani behind Saeed Ajmal, also an off-spinner, to be
reported in a major crackdown on bowlers with suspect actions the ICC
launched in June this year.
Besides Ajmal, Sri Lanka's Sachitra
Senanayake, New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi and
Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya - all off-spinners - were reported and
subsquently suspended to allow remedial work on their actions.
Zimbabwe match referee Andy Pycroft was the common official in both the Ajmal and Hafeez cases.
He was also the match referee when Ajmal was reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka in August this year.
on-field umpires in the Abu Dhabi Tests were Sri Lanka's Ranmore
Martinesz and Rod Tucker of Australia while the tv umpire was Paul
Reiffel, also from Australia.
Ajmal is currently in England to
have an unofficial reassessment on his remodelled action and if it is
found to be within the allowed limits of a 15 degree elbow extension,
then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will apply for an official
reassessment with the ICC.
Hafeez's action was also reported
during a Twenty20 league in India in September this year, but the PCB
said the bowler did some remedial work in the national cricket academy
He was not reported during the 2-0 win over Australia which finished last week.
Hafeez's action was cleared after being reported in a one-day match against the West Indies in Brisbane in 2005.
Before the Australia series Hafeez said he has been bowling with the same action for 11 years.
I have not changed my action. It's the same for 11 years now, so I am
confident and have no worries over my action," Hafeez had said last