Hafeez fails bowling test
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP):
Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez failed an unofficial test of his bowling action in India after six of his deliveries were found to have elbow extension of over 15 degrees, according to a laboratory report obtained by the Associated Press yesterday.
Hafeez had opted for unofficial testing at a laboratory accredited by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Chennai earlier this week, before going to the ICC for an official test of his bowling action.
According to the report, four of Hafeez's six deliveries over the wicket were beyond the 15 degrees elbow extension permitted under ICC rules. His first two deliveries, around the wicket, were also measured at 17 and 19 degrees.
Hafeez was suspended last month from bowling in international cricket after an independent analysis found the off-spinner's bowling action to be illegal. He was reported after Pakistan won the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and was tested at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.
Hafeez still has a chance to make it to the World Cup next month solely as a batsman.
Saeed Ajmal, another suspended Pakistani bowler, ruled himself out of the World Cup last week after the Pakistan Cricket Board determined he needed more time to correct his bowling action.
Pakistan are expected to name their World Cup squad by next Wednesday.