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Another setback for Pakistan: ICC bans Hafeez for illegal bowling action

DUBAI: International Cricket Council on Sunday declared Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action  as illegal.

ICC took the decision after the all-rounder failed a test on his action conducted at an ICC accredited centre in Loughborough, England.

An ICC statement said it found the flex in his action exceeding the 15-degree limit for all deliveries.

After the ICC decision, Hafeez cannot bowl in any format of the game.

It is pertinent to mention here that ICC had already declared Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action illegal.

Muhammad Hafeez will be allowed to bowl in internationals again only after his action, post correction, is reassessed by the ICC.

As per ICC regulations, the former captain allowed to bowl in domestic cricket.

The ICC rules and regulations clearly state that  if a player who has been reassessed and cleared is reported a second time within two years of the date of commencement of the first suspension, he or she will then receive a minimum suspension of one year, and can apply once more for reassessment only after sitting out a year.

The former captain had first been reported while playing for Lahore Lions during the Champions League T20, but that sanction did not apply to international cricket. He was reported again after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in November.

Just two months have left in start of World Cup 2015  and PCB has to final 15-member squad on January 7 next year.

The PCB has announced 30 probables for the World Cup.

After ICC ban, Pakistan has deprived of one side of the player.