Mohammad Hafeez © Getty Images
Mohammad Hafeez © Getty Images

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan all-rounder has been banned for one year after an independent assessment of his action, which was conducted at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on July 6. Hafeez was pulled up for suspect action following Pakistan’s victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. According to an ICC Media release, “Following the match, Hafeez was reported by the match officials pursuant to the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions (the “Regulations”) and subsequently underwent the independent assessment in Chennai in accordance with the regulations. The assessment revealed that Hafeez’s elbow extension exceeded 15 degrees while bowling and, thus, he employed an illegal bowling action.” READ: Mohammad Hafeez’s performance against Sri Lanka shows why Pakistan need him in ODIs

Hafeez was originally banned from bowling in November 2014 and was reassessed and was permitted to resume bowling in April 2015. Since Hafeez was reported for the second time he is now banned from bowling for a period of 12 months. Hafeez is however entitled to appeal, but will only be able to approach the ICC for reassessment after the expiry of the one-year period.