All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was suspended for an illegal bowling action the International Cricket Council said Sunday, becoming the second Pakistan player after Saeed Ajmal to face sanction in the past three months. Hafeez, 34, had his action reported during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month.
“The ICC confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect,” the ICC said.
The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations, the ICC added. Hafeez can apply for a reassessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with the rules, the ICC said.