The International Cricket Council (ICC) had been in a process of examining the bowling action of Pakistan’s Muhammad Hafeez, the organization has reportedly cleared the bowling action of Muhammad Hafeez and allowed him to resume its bowling in international matches.
Hafeez has been reported for more than two times for his bowling action, the third time he went through re-assessment of his bowling action at the Loughborough University. During the tests, it was revealed that Hafeez’s elbow stayed within 15-degree level of tolerance which is allowed as per ICC legal bowling regulations.
ICC in a press release said, “although Hafeez has been allowed to bowl, match officials during the match can still report him if they suspect him reproducing the illegal delivery.” In order to assist the match officials, ICC will also present videos and images of his revamped action.
ICC said in an official statement, “The International Cricket Council (ICC) today has announced that following remedial work and re-assessment, the bowling action of Pakistan’s Muhammad Hafeez has been observed to be legal, and the off-spinner now can resume his bowling in international cricket.”
After hearing the decision Hafeez has Tweeted about his success
Alham du Lillah 🤲🏼 , passed my ICC bowling action test , So happy , thanks to @TheRealPCB , @najamsethi for their support , special thanks to all NCA staff to help me in my remedial work , thanks to @1crowey & @PHurrion for their input 👍🏼 ,
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) May 1, 2018
— Carl Crowe (@1crowey) May 1, 2018
Many congratulations to @MHafeez22 for passing his ICC re-assessment. Cleared to bowl again for @TheRealPCB. Look forward to seeing you regain the #1 spot ODI bowler. #biomechanics #hardwork #dedication #perseverance #nevergivingup
— Dr Paul Hurrion (@PHurrion) May 1, 2018
Carl Crowe and Dr. Paul Herron also congratulated him for his success. He worked collaboratively with Carl Crowe a spin bowling consultant, who helped him getting back in action when he was banned for the second time. Dr. Paul Herron biomechanics specialist also helped Hafeez to get pass through the test.
Hafeez has faced 3 bans over his bowling action, but he has successfully managed to pass the tests and get back to his bowling. First, he was reported in November 2014, he cleared and resumed bowling in 2015. Again he faced ban in July 2015 for 12 months, assessed and cleared again in November 2016. The third suspension faced by Hafeez was in October 2017 during the match against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.