Hafeez to undergo bowling action test soon

Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez prepares to bowl in the nets during a training session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Australia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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KARACHI: Pakistan’s opener, Mohammad Hafeez can now get his bowling action tested again as the one year ban imposed on him by the ICC in July last year officially ended on the fourth day of the first test against England.

Mohammad Hafeez failed the bowling test last year in Chennai after being called during a test series against Sri Lanka , his elbow was bending more than 15 degrees while bowling, which resulted in a one year ban from the ICC.

Since Hafeez got banned, he has been constantly working on rectifying his bowling action at the National Cricket Academy and in nets during the tours. The allrounder sustained a knee injury that slowed down the process a bit, but, he is continuously working on it.

The 35-year old is looking to get his action reassessed at the end of the ongoing test series in England at ICC-accredited Loughborough biomechanics lab.

An official told Express Tribune, “It is a positive development that Hafeez can reapply for his bowling action test and we hope to organise it either during the Test series or towards its end.”

Tauseef Ahmed, who is a member of newly appointed selection committee, is positive for Hafeez and believes that if he gets the clean chit to bowl at the international level, it will provide Pakistan the much needed balance.

“Hafeez has a great economy rate and his record against left-handers is as good as any off-spinner’s in the game. His return will help us in all three formats,” said Tauseef.

He further told the reason behind the elbow flex of Hafeez and how he can fix it, “Hafeez’s problem stems from the pause just before he delivers the ball,” said Tauseef. “That pause forces him to generate more power using his elbow, which then bends while delivering the ball. All he needs to do is minimise the pause.”

“Unlike most bowlers with suspect actions, Hafeez doesn’t use his elbow that much; he has strong fingers and also uses the wrist.”

“If he starts using his wrist a little more, he will easily regain his old touch with a modified action,” added Tauseef. “His elbow flex isn’t too high and I am confident that he won’t lose much of his old trickery with a new action,” he concluded.