Pakistan Super League news January 31, 2016

Hafeez disallowed from bowling in PSL

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Mohammad Hafeez has been reported twice in two years for an illegal bowling action © Associated Press

Mohammad Hafeez will not be allowed to bowl in the Pakistan Super League, after the league decided to follow the ICC standards on playing conditions. Even though the PSL is a domestic tournament, Hafeez, who is currently serving a 12-month bowling ban, cannot apply for a reassessment of his action until his suspension ends.

According to the ICC policy, any player who is banned from bowling in internationals is allowed to bowl in domestic competitions, provided he has the consent of his home board, and remains under observation. Though Hafeez continued to bowl regularly in domestic cricket after his ban, the PSL has decided to stick with the ICC's ruling.

"The rules we are following are from the highest standard and we decided to stick with the ICC's ruling against any player," the PSL management told ESPNcricinfo. "We understand that Mohammad Hafeez is presently banned and we will endorse the ICC's decision and carry it in the league.

"On the draft day before the players were picked, we were intimated that Hafeez was named as a batsman only as his bowling action was banned by the ICC. We are sticking with that. The team who picked him agreed before hand they were taking him only as a batsman. The rules were already cleared before the final pick and it was mutually agreed."

Hafeez's bowling action was reported during the final of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy between SNGPL and United Bank Limited in Karachi, with several of his deliveries suspected to be beyond the 15-degree limit. The case was instantly sent to the PCB's illegal technical committee headed by Ali Zia. According the PCB policy, Hafeez then had to undergo remedial work on his action to convince the committee that he could be allowed to bowl in the tournament again.

Hafeez, 35, had undergone testing at an ICC-accredited lab in Chennai on July 6 last year, after his action was reported following the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in June. The tests revealed that his action exceeded the permitted 15-degree limit. He had earlier been reported for a suspect action after the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in November 2014.

Hafeez was initially drafted in the Platinum category of the PSL draft, but was later demoted to the Diamond category after no team picked him in the top bracket. He was eventually taken by Peshawar Zalmi for $70,000. Zalmi confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that they had picked Hafeez purely as a batsman. "I picked him as a batsman," Zalmi's head coach Mohammad Akram said. "I know he has the ability to win games and it would have been a bonus if he was allowed to bowl but we will have to respect the authorities and rules of the game."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Farhanmc on February 4, 2016, 21:32 GMT

    Good call out LAEEQ AHMED. It is so frustrating to see same face with hardly any efforts. They all have big references. Players like Umer Akma, Shahzad, Maqsood and few others are given more than enough chances but 0 improvements were show. I would say they even forgot whatever they knew lolz. PCB is making fun of us by keep on selecting these faces. The most important change is to remove Waqar Yunis he is destroying our team. No doubt he was a great bowler but he is the worse coach. Can't wait till Afridi retires. PCB did huge injustice to players like Abdul Razaq, Azher, Yousaf, and Fawad Alam. I hope to c at least 2 to 3 good batsmen from PSL.

  • ABDVfan on February 4, 2016, 11:50 GMT

    Plzz retire hafeez for ur team's sake

  • Crick_Expert on February 3, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    we were waiting for PSL events since last couple of years. Hope to see good games and great players(Watson, Shaun Tait, SangaK, Chris Gyle, KP and Boom) in action. Good Luck to all.. - Pakistani fan from USA.

  • Diamond2017 on February 1, 2016, 19:20 GMT

    Welcome this decision of PCB. Thanks PCB for maintaining the integrity of the game! ;)

  • Cricinfouser on February 1, 2016, 17:18 GMT

    very good decision by PCB

  • immi2711 on February 1, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    Guy is 35, and has not proved himself as quality batsman against international bowlers. Have some shame Hafeez, have some decency, and hang up your hat, so a poor youngster who actually has talent can make a career. We all know why you still find your way in the nation team.

  •   Richardson Mzaidume on February 1, 2016, 12:09 GMT

    "According to the ICC policy, any player who is banned from bowling in internationals is allowed to bowl in domestic competitions, provided he has the consent of his home board, and remains under observation". What a useless body ICC is. What message is that sending to youngsters with dodgy actions? ICC should be custodian of cricket throughout the world but this statement doesn't confirm this. Big up to PCB!!

  • WalidNisar on February 1, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    I think he is batting well nowadays since his ban...He was good against SL in SL last year , against England in the UAE last year and quite good against NZ in NZ...Finally a good decision by the PCB :-D

  •   Xee Shan on February 1, 2016, 4:24 GMT

    Hafeez's batting is worth more important for Pakistan's batting line up.. And he is doing well after the ban.. If he can't take his both tools further at the same time. Better to concentrate on batting only.. :-)

  •   Laeeq Ahmed on February 1, 2016, 0:39 GMT

    Player who should retire now and leave the way for new ones Hafeez - 35 Shoib Malik - 35 Misbah 42 Afridi. 36 Younus 37

    Players who really need a break

    Ahmed Shehzad Umer akmal Sohaib Maqsood Azhar Ali from one dayers

    Player who should get more responsibility. Baber Azam Sarfraz

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