Pakistan all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez is free to bowl after passing his assessment test on bowling.
In his cricket career, Mohammad Hafeez encountered struggles for the legality of his bowling action. In August last year, he was reported in a Vitality Blast game.
The assessment at Loughborough University revealed that Hafeez’s elbow extended over the allowed 15-degree threshold. This led him to be banned from bowling in ECB competitions.
Then, he went through testing at LUMS University in Lahore, which is one of the ICC accredited testing centres. It was concluded that his elbow didn’t exceed the 15-degree limit which lifted his suspension.
Agreements from different international cricketing boards meant that the ECB ban included bowling in international games and organised competitions around the world like the PSL.
In the past six years since the ICC actively tracked illegal bowling actions, Hafeez has been reported, suspended and cleared several times. The first report on Hafeez was in 2005 during an ODI tri-series in Australia.
In 2014, he was reported twice. First, during the Champions League T20, then on a Test match against New Zealand. This led him to be banned from bowling for 12 months. After the ban concluded, he was cleared in 2016, until an illegal bowling issue in 2017.
Luckily, his suspension was lifted in time for the upcoming Pakistan Super League which will begin next week, February 20. Hafeez is part of the Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.
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