LONDON: Pakistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in competitions organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after his bowling action was found to be illegal.
The all-rounder’s action was reported by umpires during the Vitality Blast T20 match between Somerset and Middlesex at Taunton on August 30, 2019.
Following the report, Hafeez’s action was tested at Loughborough University and the off-spinner’s elbow extension was found to exceed the 15-degree limit, according to a statement by the ECB.
The 39-year-old has issued the following statement on Middlesex’s Website, in response to the findings made by the ECB’s Bowling Review Group.
“I have received the ECB Bowling Review Group report on my bowling action. Despite identifying procedural testing flaws, which have been accepted by the review committee, as well as realising the findings will potentially affect my reputation as a world-proven all-rounder, I accept the Bowling Review Group findings.”