Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Muhammad Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action

Muhammad Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action

"I have made a decision to not go to Bangladesh to play for the Comilla Victorians and instead I will remain in Lahore and work on my bowling action before taking a biomechanics test again at a ICC accredited laboratory", Hafeez said.

Hafeez was reported with a suspect action during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in October at Abu Dhabi, and had to undergo an assessment at the Loughborough University in Leicestershire on November 1.

Fuming Pakistan cricket fans challenged International Cricket Council (ICC) for banning Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket by taking examples of Indian spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin, Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh.

"I think Hafeez should give up bowling now and just concentrate on his batting".

Under clause 4.5 of the regulations, Hafeez can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his action.

Even though Hafeez was gutted by the news, the 37-year-old insisted that he will remedy his action and get it re-tested to ensure he can continue to have an impact with both the bat and ball. He was reported in November 2014 for the first time.

It is the third time Hafeez has fallen foul of the rules - the previous two coming in 2014 and 2015 - and Pakistan legend Akram says it is time to focus on one discipline. He remodelled his action in 2015 and a couple of months later it was found illegal against in a test against Sri Lanka at Galle. "There is lot of cricket coming up with the national team next year", he added.

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