Hafeez should give up bowling after third suspension - Akram

Kristopher Nichols
November 19, 2017

The International Cricket Council's decision to suspend Hafeez from bowling came this week after the Pakistan all-rounder failed the bowling action test. It is the third time Hafeez has been suspended for his deliveries.

The assessment revealed that a majority of Hafeez's deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC's regulations.

Hafeez - now the No. 1 ODI all-rounder was reported during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which was played on October 18 in Abu Dhabi.

The ICC said Hafeez can still bowl in domestic cricket events played under the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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Zaka also said that seasoned spinner Saeed Ajmal, whose bowling action has also been declared illegal in the past, chose to announce his retirement from cricket due to PCB's apathy. Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals. He was reported in November 2014 for the first time.

By April 2015, he had remodelled his action enough to satisfy another test and he was cleared to bowl again. Just 2 months after that he was once again reported for illegal action during a Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

He was given an automatic 12-month ban when - as a second offence within two years - he was reported in June 2015. It will be hard for Hafeez to start bowling again in time for Pakistan's next assignment, a limited overs series in New Zealand in January.

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