Hafeez to un­dergo tests on his bowl­ing ac­tion

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IS­LAM­ABAD:

Sus­pended Pak­istan off­spin­ner Mo­ham­mad Hafeez is set to un­dergo test­ing on his bowl­ing ac­tion in Aus­tralia later this month.

An In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil spokesman yes­ter­day said the test­ing would be con­ducted on Nov. 17 in Bris­bane. The Pak­istan Cricket Board wanted Hafeez to un­dergo test­ing at an ICC-ac­cred­ited bio-me­chan­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory in Bris­bane be­cause if his bowl­ing ac­tion is cleared, he could pos­si­bly join the Pak­istan squad on its tour to Aus­tralia.

Pak­istan is sched­uled to tour Aus­tralia for three tests and five one­day in­ter­na­tion­als, start­ing with the first test at Bris­bane from Dec. 15. Hafeez was banned last year from bowl­ing in in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter he was re­ported for the sec­ond time in 12 months.

He was first of­fi­cially re­ported in 2014 while bowl­ing dur­ing the first test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Af­ter be­ing cleared in a re-test, he was once more re­ported dur­ing a test match against Sri Lanka at Galle and was sub­se­quently banned from bowl­ing in in­ter­na­tional cricket. Ac­cord­ing to ICC reg­u­la­tions, if a player who has had a bowl­ing ac­tion as­sessed and cleared is re­ported a sec­ond time within two years, a min­i­mum one-year sus­pen­sion is trig­gered.

Hafeez is ex­pected to leave for Bris­bane on Nov. 14 and the as­sess­ment re­port of his test could take at least two weeks. —AP

HARARE: Sri Lanka wicket keeper Kusal Janith Per­era keeps a watch­ful eye as Craig Ervine plays a ball on dur­ing the fourth day of the sec­ond test match be­tween Sri Lanka and Zim­babwe at the Harare Sports Club, yes­ter­day. — AFP

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