Mohammad Hafeez will not be allowed to bowl in the upcoming Pakistan Super League as the PSL management has decided to stick to international standards during the league despite of the fact that it is a domestic tournament. Hafeez is currently serving a 12 month bowling ban imposed by the international cricket council.
“The rules we are following are from the highest standard and we decided to stick with the ICC’s ruling against any player,” the PSL management told ESPNcricinfo. “We understand that Mohammad Hafeez is presently banned and we will endorse the ICC’s decision and carry it in the league.
The league authorities have further said that during the draft Hafeez was inducted as a batsman and Peshawar Zalmi, who picked him, were told about it which is why they are sticking to that stance and hence Hafeez will not bowl.
“On the draft day before the players were picked, we were intimated that Hafeez was named as a batsman only as his bowling action was banned by the ICC. We are sticking with that. The team who picked him agreed before hand they were taking him only as a batsman. The rules were already cleared before the final pick and it was mutually agreed.”
Head coach of Peshawar Zalmi team Mohammad Akram has said that he knew about this earlier and he picked Hafeez solely as a batsman because he believes that the top order batsman is a match winner in the side. He added that if he is allowed to bowl it would be a bonus for the side.
Zalmi confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that they had picked Hafeez purely as a batsman. “I picked him as a batsman,” Zalmi’s head coach Mohammad Akram said. “I know he has the ability to win games and it would have been a bonus if he was allowed to bowl but we will have to respect the authorities and rules of the game.”