Mohammad Hafeez suspended for illegal action
Pakistan cricket team face a new problem for a illegal bowling action made by Mohammad Hafeez. An independent assessment at Loughborough University found Hafeez’s action to be illegal – the third time in recent years that has been the case. Hafeez, currently the world’s top-ranked ODI allrounder, was reported for a suspect action after the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month and underwent his assessment in Loughborough two weeks ago.
Hafeez’s deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC’s regulations. Data on Hafeez’s action was captured for four overs’ worth of deliveries – the data that is recorded is only for those deliveries where testers are satisfied that the match action has been replicated in the lab. It is believed that less than half a dozen deliveries were within the 15-degree limit, but that margins he was over by were not as big as, for example, Saeed Ajmal’s when he was suspended a few years ago.
Hafeez’s action was first reported in November 2014, during a Test series against New Zealand and suspended from bowling in December. By April 2015, he had remodelled his action enough to satisfy another test and he was cleared to bowl again. Just a couple of months later, however, he was reported again during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. Tests confirmed again that his action was illegal, and because his action had been found illegal twice within a period of 24 months, he was automatically suspended from bowling for 12 months.
Hafeez fell very bad while he twit in twitter .
Saddened to know the result of my bowling action from ICC , it would never pull me down , wil never give up , worked so hard to remodelled it & wil work again twice harder to get better to serve my beloved country Pakistan 🇵🇰 & Achieve MORE #NO1allrounder
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) November 16, 2017
One thing in Pakistan’s and Hafeez’s favour is a relatively light international schedule. It will be difficult for Hafeez to start bowling again in time for Pakistan’s next assignment, a limited-overs series in New Zealand in January. There is the possibility of a T20 series against West Indies in Pakistan in March, but otherwise they are not scheduled to play any international cricket until the tour to England in May.
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