Mohammad Hafeez    AFP
Mohammad Hafeez AFP

Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket. ICC announced today that Hafeez s bowling action has been found illegal by an independent assessment. Majority of the deliveries bowled by Hafeez were exceeding the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the regulations, reveals the assessment. Hafeez, 37, has already been banned from bowling twice earlier, in July 2015 and in December 2014. He had rectified his action and made a comeback on both occasions.

According to article 11.1 of ICC (illegal bowling regulations), Hafeez s international suspension will be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, according to Article 11.5 of the regulation and with consent of PCB, Hafeez can bowl in domestic cricket event under the auspices of PCB.

It was during the third ODI against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi that Hafeez was reported. He had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on November 1at Loughborough University. In accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations, Hafeez can apply for a reassessment after modifying his bowling action.