Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket for one year after his bowling action was considered illegal.
The all-rounder will be able to have his action reviewed by the ICC only after the period of ban is finished.
The 34-year-old Hafeez had undergone testing at an ICC-accredited lab in Chennai on July 6, after his action was suspected following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in June. In the light of the test, Hafeez’s action exceeded the allowed 15-degree limit.
“As this report has constituted the player’s second report within a two-year period, the first of which led to a suspension, he is now automatically suspended from bowling in international cricket for one year,” the ICC said.
Firstly, the Pakistan star cricketer was reported for a suspect action after the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in November, 2014 following December when his action was found to be illegal after the tests at ICC accredited centre in Loughborough, England. The test reports said that he had an elbow extension up to 31 degree.
Soon after this report, the all-rounder underwent remedial work at a biomechanics lab in Chennai, but it did not come out fruitful for him.