Hafeez to remodel bowling action in England

LAHORE – Pakistan all-rounder M Hafeez is traveling to England in the middle of next week to have his bowling action remodeled, which was deemed as illegal last month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman has said that Hafeez’ bowling action would be assessed under bio-mechanist expert Dr Paul Hurrion and bowling coach Carl Crowe, who has worked successfully with Sunil Naraine, after his bowling action was found to be illegal.  He said that Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood will also be present for the assessments. “Azhar Mahmood, our national team’s bowling coach, who is already in England, would be present during the assessment of Hafeez’s bowling action.

“After the assessments, both experts will devise a remedial action plan that would be handed over to Azhar Mahmood for implementation in Pakistan. Azhar Mahmood and [a panel comprising] Ali Zia, Sajjad Akbar, Salim Jaffer and Aleem Dar will then work with Hafeez under the guidelines given by Paul and Carl. The committee will also perform periodical testing at the PCB’s biomechanics lab here at LUMS to make sure the bowling action of Hafeez is well within the allowable benchmarks before recommending that he may be sent for re-testing at any ICC-accredited biomechanics lab,” he added.

The spokesman said that the above plan has been discussed with Hafeez, who has agreed to follow it up after having gone through his initial assessment on his bowling action in England. It is pertinent to mention here that Hafeez was reported for a suspect action after the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in October and underwent his assessment in Loughborough last month. The assessment revealed that a majority of Hafeez’ deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the ICC’s regulations.

Data on Hafeez’s action was captured for four overs’ worth of deliveries – the data that is recorded is only for those deliveries where testers are satisfied that the match action has been replicated in the lab. It is believed that less than half-a-dozen deliveries were within the 15-degree limit, even though that margins he was over by were not as big as, for example, Saeed Ajmal’s when he was suspended a few years ago.


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