Mohammad Hafeez withdraws from BPL after bowling ban

Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action

Hafeez was reported for a suspect action following Pakistan's third one-day worldwide against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month, and was banned from bowling by the ICC on Thursday.

It is worth mentioning here that the 37-year-old's bowling action has been reported for third time in past three years, and he cleared the test in India last time.

This is not the first time the veteran Pakistani all-rounder has been banned from bowling in global cricket.

An independent assessment found "the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".

Pakistan fast bowling great Wasim Akram has advised Muhammad Hafeez to give up bowling and just focus on his batting in a bid to extend his cricket career.

This is the third time in the last three years that Hafeez has been banned from bowling in global cricket.

Hafeez then took to Twitter to plead his innocence, and soon, Pakistan fans started questioning ICC's verdict.

Hafeez can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the regulations.

It is pertinent to note here that Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014. He was suspended for a second time after an independent assessment revealed that he had an illegal bowling action after being reported in the Galle Test against Pakistan in June 2015. For me the coming tour to New Zealand and the Pakistan Super League are very important.

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