Mohammad Hafeez to undergo bowling action test in UK
Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England next week to undergo bio-mechanic tests after he was reported for a suspect bowling action during a match against New Zealand earlier this month.cricket Updated: Nov 19, 2014 21:24 IST
Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England next week to undergo bio-mechanic tests after he was reported for a suspect bowling action during a match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday that all-rounder Hafeez had been released from the squad and would appear for the tests on his action on November 24 after arriving in Loughborough a day earlier.
"If he is match fit he will return to Dubai to join the team for the remaining part of the series against New Zealand," a PCB official said.
Hafeez was dropped for the second Test due to a hamstring problem which he sustained after his bowling action had been reported in the first match.
Pakistan manager Moin Khan told Pakistan television that team management was hopeful Hafeez would be given the all clear as the match officials had only reported four of his deliveries as being suspect.
The 34-year-old, who has played 39 Tests and 149 ODIs, has been a key feature of Pakistan's limited-overs squads over the last few years due to his ability to bowl effective off breaks coupled with his top order batting.
Under ICC regulations, a bowler has to undergo a bio-mechanic test at an ICC accredited laboratory within 21 days of being reported.
Hafeez, whose action was also reported during a domestic league game in India in September, could be suspended from bowling in international matches if he fails to clear the test.
Pakistan have already lost spinner Saeed Ajmal to suspension after he failed a bio-mechanic test in Brisbane in September.