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December 10, 2019
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Hafeez speaks over ‘bowling with illegal action’ reports

LAHORE: Rumors have been circulating that Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared by PCB to bowl without remodeling bowling action, nationl T20 cup.

However, Hafeez on Saturday took micro-blogging website twitter to dismiss reports that he had been bowling in the National T20 Cup without remedying his action.

In a tweet that he posted, Hafeez said he had been working on bettering his bowling action with the help of coaches at the National Cricket Academy for the past nine months.

Earlier, a report by cricinfo.com claimed that the 34-year-old has not worked to correct his action since it was declared illegal by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in July.

Hafeez, who has represented Pakistan in 44 Tests, 166 ODIs and 64 T20Is, was initially reported after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in November 2014 and was subsequently banned after an independent analysis found his action to be illegal.

According to the independent analysis, Hafeez’s elbow extension exceeded 15 degrees while bowling.

He was cleared to bowl in April after changing his action but the part-time off-spinner was again reported by match officials for a suspect action during Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in July this year.

Following the verdict, the sport’s governing body had handed over the allrounder a suspension of 12 months from bowling at international level. He was allowed to bowl in domestic matches, though, with permission of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).