Only two months ago, Pakistani all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez cleared his bowling ban. But trouble seems to be piling up for the 34-year-old as he faces bowling ban again after a suspect in the recent test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Galle.
In November, 2014 Hafeez was reported for a suspected action in Abu Dhabi after Pakistan played a Test against New Zealand. The following month he failed an International Cricket Council (ICC) test in an ICC accredited centre in Loughborough of England that saw him extending his elbow up to 31 degrees – 16 degrees more than the permitted 15 degrees. He received a bowling ban.
He went through corrective work at a bio-mechanics lab in Chennai, India albeit, but failed to pass an unofficial test that happened on January 5, 2015.
Although, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appealed his ban to ICC in January only, asking them to give Hafeez a second chance by holding a test again in Brisbane, Australia where he was ruled out of the World Cup 2015 with a calf injury, anyway.
However, Hafeez’s happiness seems to have been short lived as he is scheduled to undergo a test within 14 days- again. If luck doesn’t favor him and the tests show him to be illegal twice in seven months then he will be tendered an automatic one-year ban from bowling by ICC.
“As this report will constitute the player’s second report within a 2 year period, the first of which led to a suspension, should the second independent assessment also determines that he bowls with an illegal action, he will automatically be suspended from bowling in international cricket for a 12 month period,” ICC said in an official statement.
The statement added, “Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”
After his return to international cricket, Hafeez played in nine matches – in Pakistan against Zimbabwe, in Bangladesh and currently in Sri Lanka.