Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in the ECB competitions. His action came under scrutiny after the umpires reported anomaly during the Vitality Blast T20 game between Middlesex and Somerset at Taunton on 30th August 2019.
Hafeez contested the findings of the assessment, which held that his elbow extension for his offbreak exceeded the 15-degree tolerance limit for bowling actions. A bowling review group, which heard his appeal at Lord's on Tuesday, suspended him from bowling in ECB competitions, and advised him to correct his action. Once he has done this, Hafeez may request a re-assessment to be allowed to bowl again.
This is not the first time that Hafeez has been suspended from the bowling. His first brush with the elbow microscope came all the way back in 2005, and he has been reported, suspended and cleared multiple times since then, going through various tweaks each time to get his action to conform to the 15-degree limit.
He was most recently cleared to bowl in international cricket in May 2018, after which he questioned the ICC's process for identifying and scrutinising suspect actions. No action was taken against him after he appeared before a PCB disciplinary committee and clarified his comments.