Pakistan All- Rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling for 12 months after having an independent assessment on his action at the Sri Ramachandra University at Chennai.
The 34 year old bowling action came into question again during the first test match against Sri Lanka and was recommended to undergo independent assessment over his bowling action. Following the Test, the match officials reported to the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions and was sent to Chennai to assess his bowling action according to the regulations. The assessment report revealed that Hafeez’s elbow extension exceeded 15 degree and therefore, he was caught due to illegal bowling action.
Hafeez, was previously banned from bowling during November 2014 and was later permitted to carry on bowling since April 2015. Three months from allowing to bowl in International matches Haffez is banned once again due to illegal bowling action. As this report has constituted the player’s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is now automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12-month period. Hafeez is in fact allowed to appeal any procedural aspect of an independent assessment that has led to his automatic suspension.
However, he is entitled to appeal to the ICC after one year of his current suspension period over his re-assessment on his bowling action.