Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action

In the latest development, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended for illegal bowling action in all English domestic competitions. It has been said that Hafeez was reported by the on-field match umpires after a T20 Blast fixture between Middlesex and Somerset at Taunton in August.

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Mohammad Hafeez

The suspension was imposed after a Bowling Review Group hearing at the Lord’s. The 39-year-old veteran played four T20 games for Middlesex last summer where he claimed two wickets and chipped in with an aggregate score of 115 runs. He registered his highest score of 48.

“Despite identifying procedural testing flaws, which have been accepted by the review committee, as well as realising the findings will potentially affect my reputation as a world-proven all-rounder, I accept the Bowling Review Group findings,” Mohammad Hafeez added in a statement which was published on Middlesex’s website.

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“As per ECB regulations, I am ready to appear for independent analysis at an ICC-accredited centre so that I become eligible to play in ECB-organised events,” added Hafeez.

Hafeez currently does not have a contract with an English county for the 2020 season. After the umpires’ reports, Hafeez’s action was independently tested at Loughborough University.

“That assessment, which was contested by Hafeez, found that the player’s elbow extension for his off-spin delivery exceeded 15 degrees as defined in the Illegal Bowling Regulations,” England and Wales Cricket Board added in a statement.

“The player has been advised to correct his action. Until he is able to pass an independent reassessment of his action the player is not eligible to bowl in ECB competitions.”

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