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Mohammad Hafeez prohibited from bowling in PSL

Mohammad Hafeez prohibited from bowling in PSL
Mohammad Hafeez was picked by Peshawar Zalmi for $70,000.
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Mohammad Hafeez will be featuring in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a specialist batsman after the tournament organisers decided to follow the rules and regulations of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Hafeez is currently serving a 12-month ban from bowling after the ICC deemed his action to exceed the permissible 15 degree limit following a bio-mechanical test.

Despite the ban, Hafeez was allowed to bowl in the domestic tournaments organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board after getting the requisite permission from the board.

However, Hafeez was reported again for an illegal action during the finals of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy organised by the PCB and was refrained from bowling in domestic cricket. 

The PSL management revealed to ESPNcricinfo that the tournament will adhere to the regulations of the ICC and the teams were informed prior to the draft process on Hafeez's participation as a specialist batsman.

"The rules we are following are from the highest standard and we decided to stick with the ICC's ruling against any player," said the PSL management.

"We understand that Mohammad Hafeez is presently banned and we will endorse the ICC's decision and carry it in the league.

"On the draft day before the players were picked, we were intimated that Hafeez was named as a batsman only as his bowling action was banned by the ICC. We are sticking with that.

"The team who picked him agreed before hand they were taking him only as a batsman.

"The rules were already cleared before the final pick and it was mutually agreed."

Hafeez was initially placed in the Platinum category during the draft process and was downgraded to the Diamond category after he went unsold in the first round. 

Peshawar Zalmi who will be captained by Shahid Afridi picked Hafeez for $70,000.

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