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Wasim Akram advises Mohammad Hafeez to give up bowling and focus on batting

Wasim Akram said Mohammad Hafeez -- who was suspended from bowling in international cricket for a third time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this week -- should have taken a decision even before the ICC match officials reported him for suspect action.

cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2017 16:37 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Karachi
Wasim Akram,Mohammad Hafeez,Pakistan Cricket Team
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his action was deemed to be illegal. (Twitter )

Wasim Akram, Pakistan fast bowling great, has advised Mohammad Hafeez to give up bowling and just focus on his batting in a bid to extend his cricket career.

“I think Hafeez should give up bowling now and just concentrate on his batting. Work harder on his batting,” Wasim told reporters.

(Read | Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez suspended from bowling by ICC due to illegal action)

Hafeez’s bowling action has been found to be illegal for a third time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month and he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket on Thursday until he clears a biomechanics test.

The ICC decision to suspend Mohammad Hafeez from bowling came this week after the Pakistani allrounder failed his bowling assessment test held in England.

(Read | Mohammad Hafeez to skip Bangladesh Premier League and work on bowling action)

Wasim said Hafeez should have taken a decision about his bowling even before the ICC match officials reported him and he failed the bowling test.

“I think Hafeez does not realise that he has been bowling a lot and when he bowls a lot he tends to get tired which is natural and that is when I think his elbow extension exceeds the 15 degrees extension allowed by the ICC,” Wasim said.

The former captain said there was no doubt that Pakistan required Hafeez’s allround skills and he had served the national team well.

(Read | BCCI asks ICC to reserve October-November, February-March for domestic season)

But he noted that after the ICC’s revised laws on illegal bowling actions, Hafeez should have thought about his career specially after he was first suspended from bowling in 2014.

Hafeez, 37, in fact, had only resumed bowling again last December after completing a 12-month ban and getting his action cleared in Brisbane.

The ICC had banned Hafeez for a year from bowling in July, 2015 and before that also in December, 2014.

Wasim said Hafeez should now give up bowling and accept himself in the role of a batsman only.

“He is experienced and he just needs to work harder on his batting and it will be good for his career,” he added.

Hafeez on Thursday decided to skip going to play in the Bangladesh Premier League and work on his bowling action at the PCB’s biomechanics lab at the LUM’s university in Lahore.

First Published: Nov 18, 2017 11:48 IST