PCB forms four-man committee to help Mohammad Hafeez rectify his bowling action

Ashish Peter 22/11/2017
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Hafeez will be aided by the committee in a bid to correct his action.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come out in support of all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez who was recently suspending from bowling in international cricket by the ICC.

The PCB released a media statement on Tuesday stating that it has constituted a four-man bowling action review committee to help Hafeez rectify his action in accordance with the laws of the ICC.

The committee, consisting of Ahsan Ali, Ali Zia, Saleem Jaffar and Sajjad Akbar, has been tasked to provide all support necessary to the 36-year-old in his bid to remodel his action to fit ICC’s rules and regulations.

The vastly experienced all-rounder was suspended from bowling international cricket with immediate effect following an independent assessment into his bowling action during a test conducted at the Loughborough University in England earlier this month.

Hafeez had been reported for a suspect bowling action for the third time in his career during the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE in October following which he was required to undergo bowling tests to review his action.

The No.1 ranked all-rounder in the 50-over format has since then decided to give his commitments in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), choosing to work instead on rectifying his action.

“I have decided to not go to Bangladesh to play for the Comilla Victorians and instead I will remain in Lahore and work on my bowling action before taking a biomechanics test again at a ICC accredited laboratory,” Hafeez had said.

The former Pakistan skipper had only resumed bowling in international cricket in December last year after serving a 12-month ban for an ‘illegal’ action. The all-rounder had been banned from bowling for a year after he had been reported for a second time in July, 2015.

The PCB has also meanwhile slammed media reports which stated that the governing body was not supporting the veteran player after his suspension for the illegal action.

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Imad Wasim credited Sarfraz Ahmed for his able leadership.

All-rounder Imad Wasim has said that skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket.

Imad was speaking to assembled media in Karachi on Tuesday and praised Sarfraz’s leadership of the side since taking over the captaincy reins.

The 28-year-old was addressing the media after being appointed captain of Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit Karachi Kings.

“He’s the best thing ever that happened to Pakistan Cricket,” Imad said.

“He doesn’t eye personal pride, he is always there for Pakistan and wants to do the best for the country,” the all-rounder added.

When asked if he himself harboured any ambitions of leading the Pakistan side in the future, Imad said there would be no need of that as long as Sarfraz was around.

“Sarfraz is good enough a captain and there’s no need for me or anyone else to think of captaincy,” he said.

The all-rounder stated that the other players and he have no issue with the 30-year-old’s strict captaincy and the occasional rebukes.

“He’s always like this, he’s like a brother to us and everyone knows his style of leading the side. Those who don’t know him are making an issue, but we are comfortable with the way he’s leading the team,” he said.

While being full of praise for the team skipper, Imad was quick to also credit the team management and support staff for their role in Pakistan’s incredible turnaround in the limited-overs format.

Imad was full of praise for the Pakistan coaching staff as well.

Imad was full of praise for the Pakistan coaching staff as well.

“Team management deserves all the credit, the management is dealing with us very well. We have all realised the importance of fitness. We have understood how to carry the game. We have now started playing attacking cricket which is must for every format of the game,” he remarked.

“Coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach… everyone in management has been supporting players and the team environment is very morale-boosting, which is giving us confidence. The team atmosphere has given us the confidence that the Pakistan team is now capable of beating any team in the world,” he went on to add.

Sarfarz Ahmed’s men have been on a role in limited-overs cricket over the past year. The period included an unlikely ICC Champions Trophy triumph over arch-rivals India in England earlier this summer.

Bilateral series wins over the West Indies and Sri Lanka have also added to Pakistan’s rising star in the formats.

The team currently sits on top of the ICC T20I team rankings after their 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka. In the ODI format, pacer Hasan Ali has established himself as the No. 1 ranked bowler while Mohammad Hafeez leads the way in the all-rounder’s front.

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Winning skipper: Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmad.

Pakistan have climbed to top spot in the ICC T20I Team Rankings for the first time ever.

India’s 53-run win over New Zealand in Delhi meant Pakistan jumped the Kiwis to sit on first place, on Wednesday.

New Zealand were given a 203-run target by India, at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in the first of three T20I games, but could only manage 149 for 8 in their 20 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed‘s men now have 124 points, followed by the Kiwis in second with 121 points while West Indies, England and India are third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Earlier, last month, seamer Hasan Ali too emerged as the number one bowler in ICC’s ODI Rankings.

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