England Cricket Board (ECB), on Tuesday, said that Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in England’s domestic competitions. The English Cricket Board (ECB) took this decision after his action was once again found illegal following an independent assessment.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, Mohammad Hafeez’s action was found to be illegal during a match between his county side (Middlesex) and Somerset on August 30, 2019, in Vitality Blast T20. The on-field umpires immediately reported his action to the England Cricket Board (ECB).
Star all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez has been reported several times for illegal action. As per the rules by International Cricket Council (ICC), his elbow exceeds the 15-degree tolerance limit for his off-spinners, so he has to remodel his bowling action; otherwise, he won’t be able to bowl at the International or domestic level.
As the reports suggest, Mohammad Hafeez put an appeal in front of a bowling review group in London. The group found his action illegal and advised him to correct his action so that he could be allowed to bowl in England’s domestic competitions. The all-rounder can request a re-assessment after remodeling his action.
Mohammad Hafeez, who replaced AB de Villiers in the mid-season, played four games in Vitality Blast T20 2019. The star all-rounder scored 115 runs at a strike-rate of 112.74. He also picked two wickets at an economy of 8.64.
Mohammad Hafeez said in his statement,” I have received the England Cricket Board (ECB) Bowling Review Group report on my bowling action. Despite identifying procedural testing flaws, which have been accepted by the review committee, as well as realizing the findings will potentially affect my reputation as a world-proven all-rounder, I agree with the Bowling Review Group findings. As per ECB regulations, I am ready to appear for independent analysis at an ICC-accredited center, so that I become eligible to play in ECB-organised events.”
Pakistan’s former captain was firstly reported for an illegal bowling action back in 2005. After that, he was declared a couple of times again, but he made his way back by remodeling his action.
Mohammad Hafeez was recently cleared to bowl by International Cricket Council (ICC) in May 2018 after serving a year ban.