ICC clears Muhammad Hafeez's bowling action

Published: April 21, 2015
A file photo of Muhammad Hafeez. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Muhammad Hafeez. PHOTO: AFP

MANILA: Pakistan right-arm off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez has cleared the bowling action test which was conducted in Chennai on April 9, Express News reported.

Another Pakistani women cricket team off-spinner Javeria Wadood has also cleared her bowling action in a test conducted on the same date alongside Hafeez.

The 33-year-old was expected to undergo official testing before the start of the 2015 World Cup in Sydney, but a hamstring injury forced him to miss the test and the rest of the tournament as he was sent back by the touring selection committee and was replaced by Nasir Jamshed.

Read: Muhammad Hafeez hopeful of clearing bowling action test

During the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in the UAE last year, Hafeez was reported for suspect bowling action by the umpires and was put through an independent biomechanical analysis at the National Cricket Performance Center in Loughborough on November 24, 2014.

The test concluded that Hafeez’s elbow extension exceeded the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted by the ICC regulations and was thus declared illegal.

Read: Hafeez’s bowling action to be reassessed in April

Consequently, Hafeez was suspended from bowling in international cricket and has since been working with PCB’s panel of experts to remodel his bowling action to bring his elbow extension within the permissible limits.

Likewise, Javeria was reported after the 2010  ICC Women’s World Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in St Kitts on May 6, 2010 and had failed the initial test, which was performed on June 16, 2010.

She also got her retesting done and successfully cleared the test with her remodeled action.

Muhammad Hafeez thanked his family and everyone who supported him through his Twitter account.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Burki
    Apr 21, 2015 - 6:01PM

    That’s an extremely bad news for the future of Pakistan cricket .. if there is any future left for cricket to flourish in Pakistan. His clearance means our spineless selectors with defeatist mentality will continue to include this utter pathetic failure of a batsman who despite playing for over a decade couldn’t establish himself as a specialist opening batsman. He is not an all rounder by any means, because even as an all rounder, you still have to be particularly good in either batting or bowling.Recommend

    Apr 21, 2015 - 6:01PM

    Great news! His bowling provides a perfect balance and allows the team to play an extra batsman.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Ali Zafar
    Apr 21, 2015 - 6:32PM

    Tamim Iqbal be ready to get LBW Out in First Over. #ProfessorIsBackRecommend

  • Haider
    Apr 21, 2015 - 6:58PM

    Fantastic this solves Pakistan’s problem of 5th bowler….Recommend

  • Apr 21, 2015 - 7:42PM

    Good News.Recommend

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