Pakistan will look to have the services f Mohammad Hafeez as early as possible    Getty Images
Pakistan will look to have the services f Mohammad Hafeez as early as possible Getty Images

Johannesburg: Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez is all set to undergo an official test on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited bio-mechanical laboratory in Brisbane on November 17. The 37-year-old, who served a one-year ban for illegal bowling, was given the test date by International Cricket Council (ICC) and he would depart for Australia on November 14, Sport24 reported. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted Hafeez to undergo testing at an ICC-accredited bio-mechanical laboratory because if his bowling action is cleared, he could possibly join the Pakistan squad for the upcoming tour to Australia. Pakistan is slated to play three-match Test series and five-match ODIs against the Steven Smith-led side, starting from December 15 in Brisbane. Earlier, Hafeez had told the PCB that he was ready to take the ICC’s bowling assessment test to confirm whether his bowling action could be cleared for international cricket.

However, Hafeez was not picked for the upcoming New Zealand series and chief selector said that only after he clears his bowling test, will he be contention for international selection. Hafeez will be going for his bowling action tests soon and once he is cleared he will definitely be considered, said Inzamam of the 50-Test veteran. Hafeez, who appeared in 50 Tests, 177 ODIs and 77 T20s for Pakistan, has been facing problems with his bowling action since 2014. He was handed a ban by the ICC twice for an illegal bowling action, firstly in December 2014 which later got cleared in April 2015 and second in July last year for 12 months.

(With inputs from AFP)