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PCB issues show-cause notice to Hafeez for ICC comments

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday issued a show-cause notice to all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez for criticising the International Cricket Council rules on reporting suspect bowling actions.

The PCB directed former cricket team captain to submit his reply within seven days over his controversial statement.

Hafeez had criticised ICC law regarding bowling action saying that he could not decipher why his bowling action was declared illegal when he had a 16-degree bend, but bowlers who have 25 or 30-degree bends are not being reported.

“There are so many things influencing all this [who gets called for suspect actions], it has a lot to do with the power of [some] boards and nobody wants to take them on,” Hafeez told BBC Urdu.

“Mostly there are soft corners and relations between people which no one wants to spoil. What I say is why not implement the rule and get every bowler in the world to go through [testing]. What’s the difficulty in that?”

Hafeez said he was surprised when he found out, after tests, that the degree of flex in his action was only marginally above the 15-degree limit.

READ MORE: Hafeez cleared to resume bowling in international cricket

 

Hafeez underwent a re-assessment of his bowling action in England on April 17, where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC illegal bowling regulations.

Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014 after being reported in November 2014 during a Test series. Following remedial work on his bowling action he was re-assessed and permitted to resume bowling in April 2015.

He was then suspended from bowling in July 2015 for 12 months following a second suspension within 24 months. He was re-assessed and permitted to resume bowling in November 2016.

Hafeez was reported for the third time during the Abu Dhabi ODI against Sri Lanka in October 2017 and was subsequently suspended in November 2017 after an independent assessment revealed he had employed an illegal bowling action.

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PCB clears Hafeez on his statement about ICC protocols on bowling action

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday cleared all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on the matter of his statement about International Cricket Council (ICC) protocols on bowling action.

The decision was taken after he appeared before a three member PCB disciplinary committee to explain his position in response to the show cause notice issued to him by the national cricket board.

The committee included Director Cricket Operations Haroon Rasheed, Director Media and Co-ordination Amjad Hussain and General Manager Legal Salman Naseer.

The committee accepted Hafeez’s explanation and asked him to clarify his comments to the media as well.

Read More: PCB issues show-cause notice to Hafeez for ICC comments

Hafeez made the following statement: “My intention was not to criticise ICC protocols nor did I mention any respected cricket board in my interview. The interview was all about my suggestions to improve the (bowling action tests) standards and to remove doubts if any from minds of fans of cricket. Unfortunately, my comments were misinterpreted and used out of context.”

The PCB has announced not to take any further action on the matter.

Earlier in an interview with BBC Urdu, he reportedly said, “There are so many things influencing all this [who gets called for suspect actions], it has a lot to do with the power of [some cricket] boards and nobody wants to take them on.

“Mostly there are soft corners and relations between people which no one wants to spoil. What I say is why not implement the rule and get every bowler in the world to go through [testing]. What’s the difficulty in that?”

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