Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action test result has announced today. Pakistan number one ODI all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez’s bowling action found to be illegal.
The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The assessment revealed that the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Hafeez’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, pursuant to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Hafeez may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the PCB.
According to a Sports Journalist he can bowl in PSL according to article 11.5 of ICC regulations;
According to article 11.5 of ICC regulations, Hafeez can bowl in domestic tournaments under PCB, including PSL, with the consent of PCB.
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) November 16, 2017
But there are still some issues regarding him bowling in PSL as two Sports Journalists mentioned;
He is eligible to bowl in PSL but PCB might not allow him just like they didn’t allow him in the first PSL.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 16, 2017
And you think all the franchises will be okay with him bowling with an illegal action? Dont think its that easy. https://t.co/hZw4NeGtOL
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 16, 2017
The test was conducted on November 1st in England’s town Lough-borough. Muhammad Hafeez was waiting for the result and was hopeful that his action would be clear once again because he is bowling with same action since he got cleared by ICC. He was disappointed when his action was reported as he takes care of his bowling style in the nets as well.
— ICAssociation (@ICAssociation) November 1, 2017
He said he keeps a check on every ball that he delivers, and an analyst also monitors his bowling. He also admitted that his altered action has affected his bowling, and he is not even a 25 percent bowler as he was before changing the action. Beside all the hurdles and problems, he managed to become number one all-rounder in an ODI.
He tweeted before leaving for a test in the start of November;
Going to Uk for Test of my bowling action , IN SHAA ALLAH M very confident to get clear this test , as I m bowling with same remodelled bowling action since I got cleared by ICC , keep me in ur prayers & all wil be FINE , AAMEEN
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) October 30, 2017
As, his bowling consultant Carl Crowe said before the announcement of result that; “His action has improved a lot and hoped that it will be approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as there is no flaw in it.”
Muhammad Hafeez’s bowling action was reported last month, in 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka on October 18th by the match refree Andrew Pycroft. But he continued bowling during the series. He was advised to undergo biomechanics bowling test within 14 days by the ICC.
But if we look up to the history, this wasn’t the first time that he has been reported by the match refree. He has been reported for third time in last three years, and luckily he cleared all the three tests. Hafeez’s bowling action was first reported in an International Cricket back in January 2005, after an ODI against the West Indies in Brisbane. His action was again reported in November 2014, while he was representing Pakistan’s domestic team Lahore Lions in the Champions League T20 in Bangalore. He returned to bowling for Pakistan at the start of this year after a long period of two years, in the ODI series against Australia.
He has picked just seven wickets in 18 ODIs since his return. Best performance in an ODI match in last 11 months is 2 wickets for 23 runs against West Indies in April. Where as, he just played 4 T20s since his return and took 3 wickets.