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Mohammad Hafeez cleared to resume bowling

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared to resume bowling in international cricket.

The off-spinning all-rounder, who has been suspended from bowling due to an illegal action three times, has undergone remedial work to his action to bring his elbow extension within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted by the ICC.

Hafeez was reassessed by the ICC at Loughborough University in April and has subsequently had his suspension lifted.

Umpires will still be at liberty to report Hafeez in the future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action he showed at his reassessment. Match officials, the ICC said, will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action.

Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014 after being reported during Pakistan’s Test series against New Zealand in the UAE. Following remedial work on his bowling action he was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in April 2015.

The 37-year-old, who is a veteran of 200 ODIs, 81 T20Is and 50 Tests, was then suspended from bowling in July 2015 for 12 months following a second suspension within 24 months. He was re-assessed and permitted to resume bowling in November 2016.

Hafeez was reported for the third time during the Abu Dhabi ODI against Sri Lanka in October 2017 and was subsequently suspended in November 2017 after an independent assessment revealed he had employed an illegal bowling action.

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