Mohammad Hafeez © Getty Images
Mohammad Hafeez s now compelled to undergo rehabilitation work before © Getty Images

 

Nov 13, 2014

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Hafeez has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu
Dhabi, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday AFP reported.

Hafeez has been reported for suspect bowling action. He is now compelled to undergo rehabilitation work before returning to international cricket, and should he be reported again on his return to International cricket he shall be banned from bowling altogether.

Incidentally Hafeez was reported for suspect bowling action once before, but that occurred in the Champions League Twenty20 2014 (CLt20 2014) which is a domestic tournament so it had no ramifications on his International career. There has been a clampdown on chucking by the ICC over the last six months, while majority of the cricketing fraternity has welcomed the move, the question is what took them this long?

Hafeez’s teammate Saeed Ajmal had been reported for the same offense few months ago and to the everyone’s amazement he not only exceeded the fifteen degree rule but exceeded it by a fair distance, it was reported that Ajmal bent his arm up to an astonishing forty- two degrees.