Mohammad Hafeez: Pakistan off-spinner banned for illegal action

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez was reported after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month

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 SamuelsWest IndiesReported in November 2013; cleared in December 2013 (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries)
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesReported in November 2013; suspended in December 2013; cleared to return in March (but banned from bowling doosra)
Sachithra SenanayakeSri LankaReported in June; suspended in July
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandReported in June; suspended in July
Saeed AjmalPakistanReported in August; suspended in September
Prosper UtseyaZimbabweReported in August; suspended in October
Sohag GaziBangladeshReported in August; suspended in October
Malcolm WallerZimbabweReported in November
Mohammad HafeezPakistanReported in November; suspended in December