Cricket

Hafeez suspended over illegal bowling action

2017-11-16 17:51
Mohammad Hafeez (AFP)

Karachi - Pakistan's spinning allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in international matches after failing another assessment test, cricket's governing body said Thursday.

The 37-year-old was reported for using suspected banned bowling actions during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month.

The International Cricket Council said subsequent testing at the United Kingdom's Loughborough University showed a majority of Hafeez's deliveries "exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".

"After an independent assessment the bowling action of Hafeez is found to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect," the ICC said Thursday.

He will still be allowed to play domestic matches if the Pakistan Cricket Board agrees, the ICC said, adding he can apply for a reassessment once he has corrected his action.

It is the third time Hafeez has been suspended for his deliveries. His action was first reported in November 2014 and after initial suspension he was allowed to bowl again in April 2015.

But he was reported again in June 2015 and banned banned from bowling for one year.

He resumed bowling in January this year and played only as batsman during the previous ban.

Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals. He also has 52 wickets in 50 Tests and 49 in 81 Twenty20 internationals.

Pakistan is the worst hit country in terms of illegal bowling action, with ace spinner Saeed Ajmal forced to leave the game after his remodelled action left him ineffective.

Not selected for the national side since 2015, Ajmal announced retirement from all cricket on Monday.

Read more on:    pakistan  |  mohammad hafeez  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.