Hafeez's bowling action deemed illegal

The Pakistani all-rounder has been suspended for the third time in last three years

Former skipper Mohammed Hafeez was suspended by the ICC due to an illegal bowling action which has barred the player from global cricket with immediate effect.

Hafeez was reported for a suspect action after the third ODI against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates last month.

This is the third instance when the 37-year-old has been suspended from bowling at the topmost level.

That will be of little consolation to Pakistan, for whom the availability of Hafeez's bowling this year has been a major factor in their resurgence in white-ball cricket.




In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Hafeez's global suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals.

Zaka also said that seasoned spinner Saeed Ajmal, whose bowling action has also been declared illegal in the past, chose to announce his retirement from cricket due to PCB's apathy. He tweeted after the news of his suspension came out that he will work twice as hard to rectify his action this time.

It is pertinent to note here that Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014. He remodelled his action in 2015 and a couple of months later it was found illegal against in a test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

One thing in Pakistan's and Hafeez's favour is a relatively light global schedule.

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