Mohammad Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is facing the prospect of being banned from bowling for one year after being reported for a suspected illegal action during his spell in the first Test against Sri Lanka.
The match officials had raised doubts over Hafeez’s bowling action in their report which was handed over to the Pakistan team management.
Hafeez was earlier reported in November 2014 in a Test match against New Zealand, which resulted in his suspension, after an independent assessment ruled his elbow extension to be of 31 degrees.
This compelled him to undergo remedial work in order to rectify the error in his bowling action, subsequently getting clearance to bowl in April 2015.
Hafeez was handy with the ball for Pakistan in their first Test against Sri Lanka bowling 20 overs in total, picking up two wickets in the first innings.
The 34-year-old must now undergo an independent assessment to determine the legality of his bowling action within a 14 day period during which he may be allowed to carry on bowling.
According to the rules of the International Cricket Council, if a bowler is reported for the second time in two years, he can be banned from bowling for a period of one year, if he fails the independent test.
The second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is scheduled to begin on 25th June in Colombo.
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