Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment of the cricketer’s bowling action. Hafeez – currently the No. 1 ODI all-rounder was reported during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which was played on October 18 in Abu Dhabi. However, he continued to bowl in the series despite being reported.
After the assessment, it came to light that he had exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance as permitted according to the ICC regulations. Hafeez’s ban will be recognized by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket played under the jurisdiction of the ICC.
However, according to Article 11.5 of the regulations, Hafeez can bowl in the domestic circuit with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Hafeez is eligible to apply for reassessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with the ICC regulations.
This is not the first time Hafeez has been banned from bowling. After he received a ban, he recently became eligible to bowl again after rectifying his action.
This is the third time in the last three years that Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket. He was reported in November 2014 for the first time. He was cleared to bowl in 2015 after he had remodeled his action. Just 2 months after that he was once again reported for illegal action during a Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Assessments once again showed that his action was illegal and was banned from bowling for 12 months, which is the ICC penalty if a bowler’s action I found to be illegal twice in the previous 24 months.