Mohammad Hafeez: Pakistan off-spinner banned for illegal action
Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket after his action was found to be illegal.
An International Cricket Council analysis of his bowling style revealed that his elbow exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance allowed.
Hafeez, 34, has played 40 Tests, taking 43 wickets at an average of 35.23.
He was reported after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month, which Pakistan won by 248 runs.
The analysis on his bowling action was performed in Loughborough, although he can apply for a re-assessment once he has amended his technique.
Hafeez, who has played in 149 one-day internationals for his country, will be hoping to be able to bowl again in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. That competition begins in February.
Fellow Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal is also currently suspended after he failed a biomechanic test in Brisbane in September.
|Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny|
|Marlon Samuels||West Indies||Reported in November 2013; cleared in December 2013 (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries)|
|Shane Shillingford||West Indies||Reported in November 2013; suspended in December 2013; cleared to return in March (but banned from bowling doosra)|
|Sachithra Senanayake||Sri Lanka||Reported in June; suspended in July|
|Kane Williamson||New Zealand||Reported in June; suspended in July|
|Saeed Ajmal||Pakistan||Reported in August; suspended in September|
|Prosper Utseya||Zimbabwe||Reported in August; suspended in October|
|Sohag Gazi||Bangladesh||Reported in August; suspended in October|
|Malcolm Waller||Zimbabwe||Reported in November|
|Mohammad Hafeez||Pakistan||Reported in November; suspended in December|