Mohammad Hafeez to Work on His Bowling Action in England
In an attempt to overcome yet another bowling suspension, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will work on his bowling action in England; the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday (December 8).
Hafeez was suspended from bowling by International Cricket Council (ICC) last month after his action was found to be illegal during an ODI against Sri Lanka.
The 37-year old will work with Carl Crowe, who had also helped Windies spinner Sunil Narine to correct his action, and biomechanical expert Dr Paul Hurrian. Hafeez will also be accompanied by Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
“After the assessment, both experts will devise a remedial action plan that would be handed over to Azhar Mahmood for implementation in Pakistan,” a statement from the PCB said.
“Azhar Mahmood and [a panel] comprising of Ali Zia, Sajjad Akbar, Salim Jaffer and Aleem Dar will then work with Mohammad Hafeez under the guidelines given by Paul and Carl. The committee will also perform periodical testing at the PCB’s Biomechanics lab at LUMS university in Lahore to make sure the bowling action of Hafeez is well within the allowable benchmarks before recommending that he may be sent for re-testing at any ICC accredited biomechanics lab.”
The latest suspension is Hafeez’s third in international cricket. The first time Hafeez’s bowling action came under question was in December 2014, and he got 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 independent reassessment.
The second suspension came following an independent assessment revealed his action was illegal after he was reported in the Galle Test against Sri Lanka 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 resumed bowling after undergoing reassessment at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on 17 November 2016. During that test, it got revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the level of tolerance.
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