Pakistani all-rounder, Muhammad Hafeez, has been reported yet again for his bowling action yet again. This is third instance of his bowling action being reported in last 3 years. The match officials reported Hafeez’s bowling action after the third ODI match in Abu Dhabi.
— ICC (@ICC) 19 October 2017
The ICC rules and regulations were modified in 2014. A player, being reported for first time, can return at any time after passing independent assessment test. If a player is reported second time within 24 months and is found guilty, then he is suspended for 12 months from bowling. Same happened with Hafeez, he was first reported in November, 2014 in a test against New Zealand. He was suspended from bowling in December, 2014 after his action was found illegal in test reports.
However, he managed to rectify his bowling action and passed the test to return to bowling in April 2015. However, he was reported again in June 2015 and again failed to pass the test. This resulted in 12 month suspension for Muhammad Hafeez.
Muhammad Hafeez is quite important to the balance of the side. Although he has just picked 7 wickets since his return, he applies pressure on the batsmen by bowling tight lines. His economy in last 16 games have been just around 4.3 which is phenomenal in current age. Even he had a terrific run in this series.
Being reported this time means Hafeez can change his action, if found illegal, and come back to bowling in international arena at any time. Pakistan would be hoping that his action is either found legal or he manages to quickly rectify it. He along with Imad and Shadab has been excellent throughout 2017 and Pakistan has turned out to be a team with one of the finest bowling attack.
Hafeez’s action has always been a problem as he was first reported in January 2005. Due to different regulations at that time, Hafeez continued to bowl. In 2014, he was reported again while playing for Lahore Lions in champions league T20.