Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has once again been reported for a suspect action after the conclusion of the Test match in Galle against Sri Lanka, as confirmed by the Pakistan team management. Hafeez , who bowls off-spin , bowled 20 overs in the match and scalped two wickets in Pakistan’s ten-wicket victory over the hosts in the first Test.
According to the ICC’s regulations for bowlers, if a bowler is booked twice for illegal bowling action in a year, and if the bowler’s action is found to be illegal then he might have to face a bowling ban for minimumof a year. So technically speaking if Hafeez’s bowling action is found to be violating the permissible limit of 15 degrees then he won’t be allowed to bowl for at least a year. Now he must undergo testing within 21 days of the receipt of the official report and will be allowed to bowl until the results are out.
Hafeez was last reported for a suspected action after the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in November last year, and in December his action was found to be illegal following tests at an ICC accredited centre in Loughborough, England. It was found that his arm bends up to 31 degrees which is quite above the ICC regulations.
He underwent remedial work at a biomechanics lab in Chennai, but failed an unofficial test on his action on January 3. Later that month the PCB requested the ICC to retest Hafeez’s action in February in Brisbane, so that he could be available for the World Cup if he managed to clear it, but a calf injury ruled him out of the entire contest. Hafeez was finally cleared to bowl again in international cricket on April 21, after more tests on his action in Chennai. Since then, he has bowled in nine matches in Bangladesh, against Zimbabwe at home, and in now in Sri Lanka.