Bilal Asif: Pakistan off-spinner's bowling action cleared by ICC
Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif can continue his international career after the International Cricket Council found his bowling action to be legal.
The 30-year-old was reported for a suspect action following his second one-day international appearance against Zimbabwe earlier this month.
Asif was recently called up to the Pakistan Test squad but did not play in the second Test win against England.
Uncapped in Tests, he has only appeared in those two ODIs for his country.
However, pace bowler Imran Khan's injury could mean a Test debut in the final Test at Sharjah on Sunday if Pakistan select him as a third front-line spinner.
Asif's action was independently tested in Chennai, India, but all of his deliveries were found to be within the 15-degree level of elbow extension permitted by the ICC.
|Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny|
|Marlon Samuels||West Indies||Reported in November 2013; cleared in December (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries); reported again in October 2015|
|Shane Shillingford||West Indies||Reported in November 2013; suspended in December; cleared to return in March 2014 (but banned from bowling doosra)|
|Sachithra Senanayake||Sri Lanka||Reported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December|
|Kane Williamson||New Zealand||Reported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December|
|Saeed Ajmal||Pakistan||Reported in August 2014; suspended in September; cleared to return in February 2015|
|Prosper Utseya||Zimbabwe||Reported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to bowl seam in December (but banned from bowling off-spin)|
|Sohag Gazi||Bangladesh||Reported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to return in February 2015|
|Malcolm Waller||Zimbabwe||Reported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in August 2015|
|Mohammad Hafeez||Pakistan||Reported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in April 2015; reported again in June; banned for 12 months in July|
|Bilal Asif||Pakistan||Reported in October 2015; cleared in same month|