Under suspension Hafeez expecting to bowl in PSL

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Under suspension Hafeez expecting to bowl in PSL
Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, under suspension for illegal bowling action, said he expected to bowl in the ongoing Pakistan Super League under a rule in which a suspended bowler can bowl in the domestic event but was not allowed by the technical committee of the league.

The 37-year-old was left out of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad and his place is under doubt in the one-day internationals after his action was questioned for a third time in October last year.

On an assessment at Loughborough University Hafeez was suspended by the International Cricket Council and needs to clear biomechanical test to get clearance to a bowl and revive his career.

Asked did Peshawar Zalmi, his team in the PSL, sought permission from the PCB to turn his arm over in the league, Hafeez replied: “I want to clear that. Zalmi management did ask the PCB about my bowling and contacted the PSL committee that if there is a rule of the ICC under which I could bowl.

“The bowling review committee of the PCB was also contacted and they were satisfied and happy with the corrective measures I did (after the suspension in November), I did the tests which went well, but the technical committee of the PSL did not give permission.

“As a player, I was expecting to bowl here and get more confidence but we accepted and owned the technical decision.

Hafeez said he has already put himself for a test with the ICC.

“I have requested through the PCB to apply for the international test. I am available and PCB has already spoken to the ICC and we are waiting for that time to get that test.”

Hafeez’s action was first reported in November 2014 during the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand. He was suspended for biomechanical assessment a month later. By April 2015 he corrected his action and was allowed to bowl.

But his action was reported again in August 2015 and since his action was found illegal for the second time within two years, Hafeez was banned from bowling for 12 months.

Hafeez hoped to play until the 2019 World Cup before taking a decision.

“As long as you are hitting the criteria, you are giving performances and justifying your place, whether they are seniors or juniors their place depends on the performance. To me as a senior, I am giving services to Pakistan team and hitting the criteria for the performance and fitness. 2019 is my target and I want to play that and then I will see what happens after that.”

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