The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is preparing to send all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to England instead of Australia for official testing of his bowling action, which came into question at the end of first Test against New Zealand.
Hafeez action came under question at the end of first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand as umpires felt that some of the bowls cross the allowed limit of 15 degrees.
The report of deliveries being questioned was later handed over to the team manager Moin Khan.
“After tests at Loughborough on November 24, Hafeez shall fly back directly to Dubai from Birmingham on November 25”, said manager Moin Khan according to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official press release.
“If physically fit, he shall be in contention to regain his spot for the third Test against New Zealand at Sharjah.”
Hafeez was not involved in the team for second Test against New Zealand, primarily due to a hamstring injury sustained in first Test.
It is not the first time that his action has come under scrutiny as recently he was questioned in Champions League T20 event as well.
Pakistan have already lost ace spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is currently banned due to illegal action, after bowling tests in Brisbane, Australia.
So far the ICC has banned Ajmal, Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi, Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Sri Lankan Sachithra Senanayake while West Indian magician Sunil Narine was reported in CLT20 but West Indies preserved him by pulling his name out of ill-fated series with India which ended after a pullout from national players.
A senior PCB official told Sport360, "Only four of his balls are under question which is a really small percentage."
“We’re already sweating over Ajmal and there is a big question mark that whether he will be as effective as before with the modified action.
"So in this scenario, Hafeez importance increases further and hopefully he’ll clear his test without any problem".
“Hafeez remains a valuable player for Pakistan in short forms of the game and will be a key figure in 2015 World Cup.”
Pakistan were under pressure after losing both their openers for 34 in reply to New Zealand’s big total of 403 in the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dubai.
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Dale Steyn has warned Australia’s batsmen to be on alert as the South African pacer has been given a license to attack.
In 12 ODIs this year Steyn has just 20 wickets but with the World Cup looming, Proteas captain AB De Villiers wants his premier strike bowler to up the aggression.
Thankfully, for Australia, Michael Clarke will not be fit for today’s match, the captain and Steyn involved in a much-publicised on-field spat nine months ago in Cape Town.
Ahead of today’s third ODI in Canberra with the series at 1-1, Steyn said: “He’s given me a license to run in and try to hit the stumps and attack the body a little bit more.
“So I feel like I might go for a couple more runs, which is fine.
"Generally when you are attacking, you’re bowling more boundary deliveries but you might pick up a couple more wickets too.”
Steyn will have to work hard for wickets at the Manuka Oval with Australia’s last score in the capital 329-7 against the West Indies.
He admits now is the time for experimenting before the World Cup.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to figure out how we’re going to pick up wickets, because wickets are what slows the game down,” he added. “I can only do that by bowling two lengths: full and short.”