Hafeez suspended by ICC from bowling for a year

Hafeez suspended by ICC from bowling for a year
Hafeez was reported by the match officials during recently concluded Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez from bowling for 12 months after his action was ruled to be illegal for the second time since November 2014.

The former Pakistan captain was initially reported after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last year and was subsequently banned following an independent assessment that found his action to be illegal as per ICC guidelines.

However, allowed to bowl again in April this year after re-modelling his action.

However, Hafeez was again reported by the match officials during recently concluded Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.

"Hafeez was originally suspended from bowling in November 2014. Following remedial work on his bowling action, he was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in April 2015," the ICC said in a statement.

"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,"

"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 re-assessment of his bowling action,"

"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 re-assessment of his bowling action."

Pakistan selectors while naming the squad for the ongoing Sri Lanka One-Day International series were reluctant to include Hafeez as a specialist batsman. 

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