Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action once again. The off-spinner was reported for a suspect action by match officials following the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 18).
“The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Pakistan team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 37-year-old’s bowling action,” the International Cricket Council said in a press release.
“Hafeez’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the assessments are known,” the release further stated.
This is the third time the 37-year old’s action has been reported. He was suspended from bowling on both the last occasions. The first time Hafeez’s bowling action came under question was in December 2014 and was subsequently suspended from bowling. However, he was permitted to resume bowling in April 2015 after his bowling action was found to be legal after an an independent reassessment.
He was suspended for the second time after an independent assessment revealed that his action was illegal after he was reported in the Galle Test v Pakistan in June 2015. For the second offence, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months from July 2015 as it was his second suspension within 24 months of the initial suspension.
He was allowed to resume bowling againafter undergoing reassessment at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on 17 November 2016. During that test, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the level of tolerance