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Four Pakistan cricketers who were banned by the ICC for illegal bowling actions
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Four Pakistan cricketers who were banned by the ICC for illegal bowling actions

As part of International Cricket Council's (ICC) crackdown on illegal bowling actions, Pakistan all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez was suspended recently (for third time) from bowling in International cricket after his bowling action was found illegal. Here is a list of few Pakistan bowlers who have been suspended from bowling in International cricket:

Saeed Ajmal

Once considered as Pakistan’s premier off-spinner, Ajmal was banned by the ICC after his bowling action being reported in the Galle Test during Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka (in 2014). Ajmal’s reports revealed that his elbow flexed up to an average of 42 degrees while bowling National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. After toiling hard on remodeling his bowling action, Ajmal was cleared to bowl again in International Cricket in February 2015. However, with the remodeled action, he was never the same force again.

Mohammad Hafeez

One of the leading all-rounders in world cricket right now, Mohammad Hafeez was banned by the ICC (for the third time) for an illegal bowling action after being reported in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. He was first suspended from bowling in December 2014 after being reported in the Test series against New Zealand in the UAE. He was cleared to bowl in April 2015 following an independent reassessment. However, he was suspended again after the Galle Test in June 2015. Since he was reported for the second time in 24 months this time, he was banned for a year.

Shabbir Ahmed

Shabbir Ahmed, the Pakistan pace bowler, was banned from International cricket for a year after his action was called into question in the opening Test of the series against England in 2005. He had first been reported and suspended earlier in the same year but returned to the Pakistan side after doing remedial work on his bowling action. However, been reported for the second time within two years of his first suspension, he was banned for a year. Shabbir last represented Pakistan in a T20I against South Africa in 2007.

Shoaib Akhtar

The Rawalpindi express was banned from bowling for a month after he was reported during a Test series against Australia in December 1999. But to his fortune, the suspension was overturned on appeal. Following his short ban, he was never suspended again from bowling in International cricket.