Pakistan’s experienced all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez has failed the bowling action test that he took in England on November 1 at Loughborough University.
International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the result of his test on Thursday through a press release that revealed he has been banned from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
Majority of Hafeez’s bowled deliveries during the test exceeded the allowed 15-degree limit.
“In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Hafeez’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, pursuant to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Hafeez may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the PCB,” read the official statement.
The 37-year old’s bowling action was reported during an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on October 18 in Abu Dhabi.
Hafeez can remodel his action again and undergo another test, if he passes, he will be able to bowl at the highest level straightaway.
In 2015, he was banned from bowling in international cricket for twelve months as his action was found to be illegal for the second time in a span of 24 months. If a bowler fails bowling action test twice in two years, he gets suspended for one year from bowling at international level.