Pak cricketer Mohammad Hafiz banned from bowling for 12 months


ICC has banned Pakistani cricket player Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket for 12 months for illegal bowling action.

This is the second time his bowling action has been found illegal since November 2014.

Hafeez, 34, can only have his action reexamined after the expiry of his banning period imposed on him.

Both the tests, first in Chennai followed by another in Galle , confirmed that Hafeez’s action had exceeded the permitted 15-degree limit.

A statement from the ICC said, “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.”

It durther added, “Hafeez is entitled to appeal any procedural aspect of an independent assessment that has led to this automatic suspension. However, only after the expiry of this one-year period will he be entitled to approach the ICC for a reassessment of his bowling action.”

Hafeez was suspended from bowling in international cricket after his bowling action was suspicious in November 2014 during a test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. The test conducted a month later had revealed that the flex of his elbow was as far as 31 degrees.

In April this year, he had passed a test after which he was allowed to resume his international career. But his action was reported again in June after the test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.