Pakistan off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez was banned for one year by International Cricket Council on Friday after he failed to clear the Test in Chennai, Express News reported.
Hafeez was reported during the second Test in the on-going series against Sri Lanka.
The Match Officials’ Report, which was handed over to the Pakistan management, cited concerns about the legality of the 34-year-old’s bowling action during the course of the match.
He flew to Chennai on July 6 to undergo a bio-mechanic test on his bowling action at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC) for about two hours including calibration time.
This was not the first time that the off-spinner’s action has been questioned. Hafeez was suspended from bowling in November 2014. Following remedial work on his bowling action, he was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in April.
As the report against Sri Lanka was the player’s second within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he was automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12-month period.