Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after an independent analysis found the Pakistan offspinner’s bowling action to be illegal.
The International Cricket Council says on Sunday that the analysis revealed Hafeez’s elbow extension exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Hafeez was reported after Pakistan won the first test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month and was tested at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.
The offspinner can apply for re-assessment after modifying his bowling action.
Hafeez is the second Pakistani offspinner to be banned by the ICC after Saeed Ajmal was suspended in September.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has named both players in the list of 30 probables for the World Cup.
PCB to decide on Ajmal tomorrow
With Mohammad Hafeez also being suspended from bowling in international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide on Moday when to send Saeed Ajmal for the official ICC biomechanics test.
Ajmal made a quiet return to Pakistan on Saturday from London where he has been working on his bowling action with Pakistan’s former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.
“He was supposed to play for ZTBL in a Quaid-e-Azam trophy match which started from Saturday in Karachi but he
reached Lahore and went straight to his hometown, Faisalabad,” a board official told PTI.