Mohammad Hafeez is a Pakistani cricket player and the former captain of Pakistan national cricket team in the T20 format.
He is a right-handed opening batsman and a right-arm offspin bowler.
Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months after his action was found to be illegal twice since November 2014.
Hafeez 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.
His action was again reported following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in June.
The tests which he went throw in chennai revealed Hafeez’s action exceeded the permitted 15-degree limit.
He underwent remedial work at a biomechanics lab in Chennai, but failed an unofficial test on his action on January 3.
Later that month the PCB requested the ICC to retest Hafeez’s action in February in Brisbane, so that he could bowl at the World Cup if cleared,
but he was ruled out of the tournament with a calf injury.
Hafeez was finally cleared to bowl again in international cricket on April 21, after more tests on his action in Chennai.
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.
He will be able to have his action reassessed by the ICC only after this period is completed.
Hafeez, 34, had undergone testing at an ICC-accredited lab in Chennai on July 6, after “As this report has constituted the player’s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is now automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12-month period,” the ICC said.
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“Hafeez is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of an independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a reassessment of his bowling action.”ICC added
Hafeez’s troublesome journey:-
November 2014 – Reported for a suspect action after Abu Dhabi Test v New Zealand
December 2014 – Suspended from bowling in international cricket
December 2014 – Tests reveal flex of elbow was as far as 31 degrees
January 2015 – Fails unofficial retest
April 2015 – Passes an official retest and is cleared to bowl again
June 2015 – Reported again after the Galle Test v Sri Lanka
July 2015 – Banned for 12 months
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