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Hafeez reported for bowling action

By Jim Morton 19/01/2005 10:54:08 PM Comments (0)

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was reported for a suspect bowling action in a controversial aftermath to Pakistan's tri-series one day victory over the West Indies at the Gabba.

An International Cricket Council official confirmed that match referee Chris Broad, third umpire Simon Taufel and on-field umpires Peter Parker and Rudi Koertzen reported spinner Hafeez's action to the ICC for testing and remedial work.

Hafeez must meet with an ICC-approved biomechanic in the next six weeks for testing of his action but he will be able to bowl in international matches during that period.

If found that the Pakistani flexes his elbow in a delivery more than the five degree tolerance limit set for spinners, Hafeez would be banned from bowling until he corrects the fault.

"This issue now comes under the ICC's bowling review regulations which stipulate that over the next six weeks an expert biomechanist from the ICC's approved list should be appointed to work with the bowler to clearly identify and address any flaws that may occur during the delivery action," an ICC statement said.

"At the end of that time the ICC will be provided with a specialist report on the remedial action, if any is required, that has taken place."

Hafeez claimed 1-54 off 10 overs in the Windies' innings of 5-273 before Pakistan won the match by six wickets with three overs to spare.

He claimed the first wicket to fall - his 23rd in one-day internationals - when Wavell Hinds holed out at long-off for 29 in the 19th over.

The 24-year-old, who has played three Tests and 23 ODIs, becomes the second Pakistan off-spinner to be reported in the past two months.

Fellow all-rounder Shoaib Malik was deemed to throw by human movement experts in Perth before Christmas and hasn't bowled on tour.

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