International Cricket Council (ICC), on Friday, suspended Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket for a period of one year after the Pakistan all-rounder failed an official action test.
Hafeez, 34 was reported by the on-field umpires for a suspect action after the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on June 21. Subsequently, he was subjected to an official bowling action test at the ICC accredited Ramachandra University in Chennai on July 6.
Since this is Hafeez’s second violation of the permitted 15 degree elbow flexion rule within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he will now be suspended from bowling in all international games for a period of 12 months.
Hafeez was first reported during the 1st Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in November 2014. He played as a pure batsman in the series but was officially barred from bowling in December following a test that deemed the extension of his arm to have been 31 degrees when only up to a 15 degree flexion is permitted.
He was then slated to have his action retested in Brisbane ahead of the World Cup but a calf injury forced him out of the quadrennial event. He was eventually cleared by an ICC-certified bowling test in Chennai on April 21 and bowled against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe before contributing two wickets to Pakistan’s 10-wicket victory in Galle, where he was reported for the second time.
“Hafeez is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of an independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action,” an ICC media release said.
The Pakistani all-rounder is currently playing in the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka where he won the man of the match award in the first ODI with a haul of four wickets and a century at Dambulla.