Hafeez completes testing in Chennai, expects reports soon

All-rounder faces 12-month ban if reports confirm illegal bowling action

Sports Desk July 06, 2015
If the 34-year-old fails to clear the test, he would be facing a 12-month ban from bowling in international cricket. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan's reported right-arm off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez has completed his test in the Chennai, Express News reported.

The all-rounder bowled six overs with his reported action in the lab.

Hafeez will face a 12-month bowling ban is he does not pass his bowling action test because he been reported for the second time inside a year.

Earlier, less than two months after clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC), Hafeez’s was reported for a suspect bowling action.

Hafeez, who bowled 30 overs and took two wickets against Sri Lanka in Galle Test, was reported for suspect action shortly after Pakistan won the first Test on Sunday.

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

Later, the ICC allowed Hafeez to bowl again in April, after he went through the remedial work.