Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez suspended after ICC finds bowling action illegal

Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action

Muhammad Hafeez suspended again for 'illegal' bowling action

Hafeez did not bowl again in worldwide cricket until earlier this year. "I think Hafeez does not realise that he has been bowling a lot and when he bowls a lot he tends to get exhausted which is natural and that is when I think his elbow extension exceeds the 15 degrees extension allowed by the ICC", he added.

Pakistan off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez has been suspended for the third time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect for his illegal bowling action.

In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Hafeez's global suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals.

This is the third instance when the 37-year-old has been suspended from bowling at the topmost level.

Hafeez was suspended after his action was cited in November 2014, but returned in April 2015. Just a couple of months later, however, he was reported again during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka.

He was given an automatic 12-month ban when - as a second offence within two years - he was reported in June 2015. He was reported in November 2014 for the first time. In the interim will be the PSL where, according to ICC regulations, he can bowl should the PCB choose to allow it.

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