Pak­istan’s Hafeez sus­pended from bowl­ing in ECB com­pe­ti­tions

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Lon­don, UK - Mo­ham­mad Hafeez, the Pak­istan and Mid­dle­sex all­rounder, has been sus­pended from bowl­ing in all ECB com­pe­ti­tions af­ter a bowl­ing-ac­tion as­sess­ment found his ac­tion to be il­le­gal.

Um­pires re­ported Hafeez's ac­tion af­ter a Vi­tal­ity Blast match be­tween Som­er­set and Mid­dle­sex in Taun­ton on Au­gust 30, fol­low­ing which he un­der­went in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

The game against Som­er­set was the penul­ti­mate match of Mid­dle­sex's T20 sea­son, in which Hafeez played four matches, scor­ing 115 runs at a strike rate of 112.74, and tak­ing two wick­ets while con­ced­ing 8.64 runs per over. Hafeez had signed on as a mid-sea­son re­place­ment for AB de Vil­liers.

Hafeez con­tested the find­ings of the as­sess­ment, which held that his el­bow ex­ten­sion for his off-break ex­ceeded the 15-de­gree tol­er­ance limit for bowl­ing ac­tions.

A bowl­ing re­view group, which heard his ap­peal at Lord's on Tues­day, sus­pended him from bowl­ing in ECB com­pe­ti­tions, and ad­vised him to cor­rect his ac­tion.

He was most re­cently cleared to bowl in in­ter­na­tional cricket in May 2018.

Mo­ham­mad Hafeez

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