LAHORE - All-rounder M Hafeez is confident of clearing his bowling assessment test for which he is due to leave for Chennai tomorrow (Thursday).

Talking to the reporters here Tuesday at the Gaddafi Stadium during the training of Pakistan team for Bangladesh tour, Hafeez, who has been named in all three formats for the Bangladesh tour, said: "I am confident I can clear the test and my bowling action will be cleared as I have worked hard to remove any chinks."

Hafeez, 34, who has taken 122 one-day wickets in 155 matches besides scoring over 4542 runs, was suspended from bowling in international cricket last November by the ICC after failing a biomechanics test. Hafeez had to return home before the start of the World Cup due to an injury.  The all-rounder said Pakistan were favourites to win the upcoming series in Bangladesh and insisted he was keen to resume bowling as it was important for the national team.

To a query regarding Bangladesh's seasoned player Shakib-al Hasan having declared his team favourites for the ODI series, Hafeez replied that he obviously wanted to boost the morale of his team. "If you look at the records of matches between these two countries, we have not lost to them since the 1999 World Cup upset at Northamptonshire and we will continue winning streak," Hafeez said.

“We have not lost to them at any venue and under any condition, so I think we should win this series as well. Although we are without senior players, we are still a better outfit than them," he said and added: “Bangladesh look easy but they can give a tough time so our players need to improve their bowling and fielding.”

Hafeez admitted that the team was missing seniors like Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan in the training camp. "Misbah and Afridi have been with us for such a long time that obviously we are missing them. But I guess one has to move on and it is time to give the youngsters a chance and I hope they prove better players than us," he said.

He said that new captain Azhar Ali was a very good player and needed support from the team. “New skipper Azhar Ali is a right man for the job. It’s a very good decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appoint Azhar as the ODI captain. I believe the captaincy has never been a problem in Pakistan, rather supporting that captain has been the issue.” Hafeez added that he stood by Azhar and hoped the rest of the country also did so. “We need to support the captain as a team and as a nation. I’ve always been a fan of Azhar’s qualities and he has proven himself in Test cricket and hopefully he’ll prove himself as a captain as well as in ODIs.”