Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action for the third time

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Hafeez was reported after the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the International cricket Council said.

The ICC said the match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Pakistan team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 37-year-old’s bowling action during the match on Wednesday.

“Hafeez’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC illegal bowling action regulations. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Hafeez is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the assessments are known,” said an ICC release.

This is the third time that his action has been reported as suspect. He was first suspended from bowling in December 2014 before he was cleared the following April.

His action was reported for a second time in June 2015 and as this was his second suspension within 24 months of the initial suspension, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months from July 2015.

On 17 November 2016, Hafeez underwent a reassessment of his bowling action at the National cricket Centre in Brisbane and was allowed to resume bowling after his action was found to be legal.

Hafeez picked up one wicket in Pakistan's win in the third ODI.

Hafeez picked up one wicket in Pakistan’s win in the third ODI.

Hafeez bowled eight overs and took one for 39 in the match which Pakistan won by seven wickets to secure an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Pakistan has a history of problems with illegal bowling actions with quick bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir Ahmed, as well as spinners Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Bilal Asif all reported in the past.

Ajmal’s career ended after he failed to achieve the same success with a remodelled action in 2015 while Bilal’s action was cleared after reassessment.

Under the new ICC regulations, all bowlers are allowed to bend their arm by 15 degrees – beyond which the action is deemed illegal.

Hafeez has claimed 136 wickets in 193 one-day internationals, also taking 52 Test scalps and 46 wickets in Twenty20 internationals.

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Debut ton man Imam ul Haq becomes latest cricketer to wear glasses.

Pakistan’s Imam ul Haq announced himself in style to international cricket when scored a century on debut in the third ODI against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Apart from the achievement of a debut ton, Imam also became the latest to join a unique club of cricketers who have worn spectacles while playing.

In its history, cricket has had several players who have played the game with glasses on. We look at nine others apart from Imam who have rocked the bespectacled look.

Charles Coventry

The 34-old batsman has played 39 ODIs for Zimbabwe in his career apart from two Tests and 13 T20Is. Son of international umpire Charles Coventry, the player is the youngest from his country to play first-class cricket at 15 years of age.

Narendra Hirwani

The leg-spinner played 17 Tests for India picking up 66 wickets. He is most famous for picking up eight wickets on his debut Test against the West Indies in Chennai.

Geoff Boycott

Now a famous commentator, former England batsman Geoff Boycott famously wore glasses in his early playing days in the 1960’s before transitioning to contact lenses. The former England skipper played 108 Tests for his country.

Zaheer Abbas

Nicknamed the ‘Asian Bradman’, former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas is one of the greatest cricketers to have come out of the country. He played 78 Tests for Pakistan scoring 12 centuries in the process.

David Steele

The former England man only played eight Tests in his career but is famously remembered for taking on the likes of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson of Australia wearing glasses in his debut match in the 1975 Ashes.

Anil Kumble

India’s highest Test wicket taker, former leg-spinner Anil Kumble actually began his playing career with a bespectacled look. It was only later in his career that he would transition to contact lenses like Boycott.

Daniel Vettori

The former New Zealand skipper is one of the only eight cricketers to have taken 300 Test wickets and scored 3000 runs. One of the greatest players to ever represent the Black Caps, Vettori was usually seen with glasses when playing.

Clive Llyod

The two-time World Cup winning former captain of the West Indies is one of the biggest legends to have ever played the game. Even more remarkable is the fact that Llyod batted with glasses against the great pacers of the 1970’s.

Virender Sehwag

The former swashbuckling India opener Virender Sehwag is another one who is famous for wearing glasses while batting. The Delhi man did not require glasses for the most part of his career but did turn towards them in the latter periods.

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India's Veda Krishnamurthy signs up with Hobart Hurricanes for Women's Big Bash League

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Krishamurthy will become the third Indian woman to play in the WBBL.

India’s Veda Krishnamurthy has become only the third player from her country to sign up for the KFC Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Krishnamurthy has signed for the Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming third edition of the WBBL. She becomes the franchise’s third overseas players, joining Lauren Winfield and Hayley Matthews.

The 25-year-old joins compatriots Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandanha in the third edition of Australia’s premier T20 competition for women.

Krishnamurthy was a vital member of the Indian side led by Mithali Raj which made it all the wauy to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for Women earlier this summer before losing to hosts England.

She scored a match winning 45-ball 70 against New Zealand in a virtual quarter-final to ease India’s passage to the last four of the tournament.

India's Harmanpreet Kaur will turn up for Sydney Thunder.

India’s Harmanpreet Kaur will turn up for Sydney Thunder.

The middle-order batter was in talks to become the first Indian to take part in the WBBL last year after negotiations with the Sydney Thunder but the deal eventually fell through.

The WBBL gets underway on December 9 with the final to be held on February 4. Krishnamurthy is not expected to be available for the entire tournament with India scheduled to tour South Africa from mid-February onwards.

There is uncertainty on whether Brisbane Heat will renew Mandanha’s contract for the upcoming season while Harmanpreet Kaur is scheduled to continue her stint with Sydney Thunder.

India all-rounder Deepti Sharma is also believed to be in discussions over a WBBL contract with a number of franchises though there is no confirmation over a move yet.

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