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ICC suspended Pakistani off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for illegal bowling action

Dec 8, 2014 12:50 IST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 7 December 2014 suspended Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect for illegal bowling action. Hafeez is the Pakistani cricket all-rounder who bowls off-spin.

ICC suspended Hafeez after he failed to pass the bio-mechanic test conducted for his bowling action. The test revealed that all deliveries of Hafeez exceeded permitted 15 degrees level of tolerance (by which the arm is allowed to bend).

The test was done by the Human Movement Specialists team of ICC on 24 November 2014 at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

The test was done after his bowling action was reported for an illegal action during the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

However, Hafeez can apply for re-assessment after he modifies his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.  

Earlier on 9 September 2014, ICC also had suspended other off-spinner of Pakistan Saeed Ajmal for a similar reason.


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