Pak spinner Hafeez suspended over bowling action

Posted November 19, 2017

"After an independent assessment the bowling action of Hafeez is found to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in global cricket with immediate effect", the ICC said Thursday.

According to Pakistan newspaper the Dawn, Zaka said the Pakistan off-spinner should have either gone to South Africa or Australia for his bowling action test as countries like England and India have biased attitude against Pakistan players. ICC suspended him from bowling in worldwide cricket on Thursday.

The 37-year-old was reported during the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in October and underwent an assessment at Loughborough University earlier this month.

Pakistan fast bowling great Wasim Akram has advised Muhammad Hafeez to give up bowling and just focus on his batting in a bid to extend his cricket career. The ICC announced that an independent body has found Hafeez's bowling action to be illegal.

Hafeez was suspended after his action was cited in November 2014, but returned in April 2015. The offspinner underwent reassessment of his bowling action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, and was cleared in November 2016. As per ICC rues, if a bowler's action is found to be exceeding the 15-degree tolerance twice within a period of 24 months, he would be suspended for one year.

He said a lot of cricketers have been wasted by the PCB just because of mishandling.