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Mohammad Hafeez Clears ICC Bowling Action Test

Mohammad Hafeez Clears ICC Bowling Action Test
Mohammad Hafeez has cleared the bowling action test that was conducted by the ICC in Chennai on 9th April.
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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is free to bowl again after clearing a test on his new action that was conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Chennai on 9th April.

Hafeez, who was banned from bowling due to an illegal action last December, will be able to bowl starting from Pakistan’s final One-Day International against Bangladesh on Wednesday. 

This means that Hafeez becomes the second Pakistan bowler after off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to be cleared by the ICC after remodeling a bowling action.

"At the retests, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extensions in both the off spinners' bowling actions for all their deliveries bowled were within the 15-degree level of tolerance," a press release from the ICC confirmed.

While Hafeez’s elbow had extended to 31 degrees during the analysis in December, it had come down to 16-19 degrees in an unofficial test conducted in January.

With his bowling rendered illegal, Hafeez had been playing as a specialist batsman in the Pakistan line-up during the past four months.

After the final ODI against Bangladesh, Pakistan will play a Twenty20 International match followed by a one-off Test.

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