ICC clears Hafeez’s bowling ac­tion

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ISLAMABAD:

Mo­ham­mad Hafeez’s bowling ac­tion was cleared by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil yes­ter­day, and the Pak­istan off­spin­ner can resume bowling in in­ter­na­tion­als. Hafeez was re­assessed in Bris­bane on Nov. 17, when it was re­vealed that the amount of el­bow ex­ten­sion for all of his off­spin de­liv­er­ies was within the al­lowed 15-de­gree level of tol­er­ance. He was first sus­pended from bowling in Novem­ber 2014, and re­assessed and per­mit­ted to resume bowling in April 2015. He was re­ported again in June 2015 dur­ing a test against Sri Lanka at Galle, and was sub­se­quently sus­pended from bowling for 12 months in July 2015 after an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment re­vealed he em­ployed an il­le­gal bowling ac­tion for the se­cond time in 24 months. The ICC said in a state­ment that um­pires were still able to re­port Hafeez if they be­lieve he was dis­play­ing a sus­pect ac­tion. To as­sist the um­pires, they will be pro­vided with im­ages and video footage of the bowler’s re­mod­eled le­gal bowling ac­tion. Hafeez has 52 wick­ets in tests, 129 in ODIs, and 46 in T20s. — AP

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