Muhammad Hafeez slapped with one-year bowling ban by ICC

Published: July 17, 2015
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After failing to clear the bowling test in Chennai, he now faces a 12-month ban from bowling in international cricket. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

After failing to clear the bowling test in Chennai, he now faces a 12-month ban from bowling in international cricket. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

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.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Team PK fan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Fair decision. Rules are rulesRecommend

  • Chuck Norris
    Jul 17, 2015 - 2:47PM

    He was always a chucker – right from the start. It was pretty bad to watch. There was no need for any “testing”. Recommend

  • desmukh
    Jul 17, 2015 - 2:56PM

    tested in “Chennai”, wouldv been so unbiased lolRecommend

  • Dan
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:17PM

    Good job ICC. Cheers!!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:18PM

    I wonder when the ICC will come up with the ‘ 13 degree knee bend on the left leg ‘ rule for right handed bowlers.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jul 17, 2015 - 3:55PM

    He is a wonderful fighter and genuine threat to any left handed batsman on earth. He has to suffer being Pakistani but we all are with YOU HafeezRecommend

  • Zia Syed
    Jul 17, 2015 - 4:34PM

    I really wish the test could happen some where else. India is not to be trusted. Recommend

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