Hafeez questions ICC’s policies about suspected bowling action

Mohammad Hafeez, a weathered bowler now, of being called for suspected bowling action, has raised questions against the policies of International Cricket Council about the terms of reporting bowlers for ‘suspected’ bowling.

In an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation, the Pakistani right arm off spinner said, “There are so many things influencing all this [who gets called for suspect actions], it has a lot to do with the power of [some] boards and nobody wants to take them on.”

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“Mostly there are soft corners and relations between people which no one wants to spoil. What I say is why not implement the rule and get every bowler in the world to go through [testing]. What’s the difficulty in that?” he said.

“When match umpires called me [for a suspect bowling action], I went for my test only to find the flex was recorded up to 16, 17 and 18 degrees,” Hafeez said.

“I was surprised: how can anyone with the naked eye see flex from 15 to 16, and at times they are not able to call those whose flex is 25 and even 30-plus. So I have my doubts about this calling system. This is suspicious, why are match referees or on-field umpires not able to see those flexing up to 35 but me with 16 degrees,” he added.

He was first reported over thirteen years ago during an ODI tri-series in Australia in 2005.

Once again in 2014, his action was reported during the Champions League T20, and then again following a Test match against New Zealand later that year.

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