Ross Taylor questions Hafeez’s bowling action
There is a fresh complaint made on the bowling action of Pakistan’s spin bowling all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and it was made by Ross Taylor of New Zealand.
The problem arose during the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in the on-going ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.
Ross Taylor appeared to publicly question its legality during the course of the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. Taylor made the gesture at the end of Hafeez’s first over when he seemed to look directly at the umpires – or his partner at the non-striker’s end Tom Latham.
This has led to a long argument between Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and the on-field umpires at the end of the particular over. And that didn’t stop at that point as Sarfraz Ahmed and Ross Taylor involved in the exchange of heated words regarding the controversy.
The umpires Shozab Raza and Joel Wilson eventually got involved and had a chat with Taylor. As well as how it impacts how the officials view Hafeez’s action, Taylor could face the possibility of sanctions himself.
Hafeez is among the complaints of bowling actions in the last 14 years. He was first reported in 2004 during an ODI tri-series in Australia in 2005. Regulations concerning illegal actions were different back then and he soon returned.
Hafeez continuously had these issues and had bans for the illegal bowling action. Hafeez returned to bowling after his ban, clearing a test of his action in 2016, but the issue cropped up again leading to his latest suspension in October 2017. He eventually received a clean chit from the ICC in April 2018.
NOTE: Hafeez was suspended three time by ICC in 2014, 2015 and 2017
— Sultan Mehmood Khan (@smk_77) November 7, 2018