Former Pakistan skipper and fast bowler Wasim Akram has suggested batting all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to solely work on his batting, to prolong his cricketing career after latter’s bowling action was found illegal by the world cricket body International Cricket Council on November 16.
“I think Hafeez should give up bowling now and just concentrate on his batting,” Akram was quoted as saying by PTI after the 51-year-old bowler told reporters in Karachi.
With this fresh ban, so far, Hafeez, who led Pakistan in the past, was found illegal with the bowling action for the third time during his international career.
The legendary left-arm fast bowler Akram, who has turned coach-cum-commentator revealed Hafeez must rely on his batting which is his role primarily role for Pakistan.
Hafeez, who has played an imperative role for Pakistan while donning the coloured jersey, was further advised by Akram – to give his best time while holding the willow in nets, in a bid to yield desired results in the foreseeable fixtures.
“Work harder on his [Hafeez] batting,” Akram maintained.
Akram, who made the ball to do the talking in his prime days, during his international cricket, remarked Hafeez had bowled continuously which further made him go smoothly with the bowling action that made him more vulnerable to the suspected action after remodelling his action.
“I think Hafeez does not realise that he has been bowling a lot,” Akram asserted.
Pertinently, the experienced campaigner in Pakistan national side was questioned over his bowling action after the completion of the third One-day International of the five-match series in Abu Dhabi in October, this year.
Hafeez underwent an assessment test at Loughborough in England as the results with the ICC revealed the arm of off-spinner exceeded the allowed 15 degrees limit.
“When he bowls a lot he tends to get tired which is natural and that is when I think his elbow extension exceeds the 15 degrees extension allowed by the ICC,” Akram explained.
In December 2016, Hafeez returns with the ball after serving the one-year bowling ban.
Hafeez bowled four overs in the lab which revealed half-a-dozen deliveries were legitimate regarding the degree limit.
Hafeez was first suspended in 2014 which further saw him working hard on his action when he got his biomechanics test in his favour in Brisbane last year.
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The 37-year-old Punjab-born Hafeez played 195 ODIs followed by 81 Twenty20 Internationals and 50 Test since his debut game came against Zimbabwe at Sharjah.