Hafeez fails informal bowling test in Chennai
Pakistan cricket has got more bad news ahead of the World Cup after all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez failed to clear the informal bio-mechanics test he underwent at the bowling centre in Chennai last week.
Although the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had yet to issue a statement on Hafeez’s test results but a reliable source in the board told PTI that some of his deliveries were still found to be over the 15 degrees allowed by the International Cricket Council to straighten their arms. Over the wicket, Hafeez turned his arm at angles measuring from 16 to 18 degrees while round the wicket it ranged between 12 and 19 degrees, the source disclosed. “It means that now Hafeez can’t be sent for the official ICC test this week to be cleared for bowling in the World Cup and now the national selectors have to decide whether he warrants a place in the final squad of 15 purely as a batsman,” the source said.
He said with Hafeez not clearing the informal test the PCB was unlikely to now take the risk of sending him for an official test which if he failed he could face a one year ban from the ICC.
The PCB had sent Hafeez to Chennai specifically on his request that he was not comfortable with the facilities at the bowling centres in Australia and England.
Pakistan have already lost seasoned off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal for the World Cup also because of an illegal bowling action while Hafeez was also suspended from bowling in international cricket by the ICC after failing the official biomechanic test in November.