Crunch time for Mohammad Hafeez as bowling action gets scrutinised
In a surprising development, experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez appeared for the informal bio-mechanic test on his bowling action in Chennai Wednesday, and the off-spinner is about to return to Pakistan shortly.
Lahore: In a surprising development, experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez appeared for the informal bio-mechanic test on his bowling action in Chennai Wednesday, and the off-spinner is about to return to Pakistan shortly.
A PCB spokesman said it would take a couple of days to receive the result of the test, reports Dawn online.
According to the spokesman, Hafeez was scheduled to appear for the test before the International Cricket Council-accredited lab in Chennai Jan 3.
However, according to some latest reports, Hafeez underwent the test Wednesday and now he was about to return to Pakistan. He is expected to reach here early Friday morning.
The Pakistan off-spinner had left for Chennai Tuesday.
The spokesman to a question said the PCB had not received the report of the test, which is important for Pakistan in deciding Hafeez’s World Cup fate. The report was expected to be received in the next couple of days, he added.
Though the PCB is ready to select 34-year-old Hafeez as batsman, some experts fear the veteran player - in case he fails to get his bowling action cleared - may prove a liability during the World Cup, arguing the 153-One-Day Internationals (ODIs) veteran is only useful as all-rounder.
“It may be a risky decision to pick Hafeez just as batsman but due to his vast experience his presence in the World Cup squad is going to strengthen Pakistan [squad], at least on paper,” a PCB official said on the condition of anonymity.
“Yes, as an alternative of Hafeez, we can select Azhar Ali who can also bowl and we may also ask another opener Ahmed Shehzad to also bowl as he has the ability to do so, but still the matter is revolving around ifs and buts,” the official added.
Meanwhile, though the PCB has not received the result of Hafeez’s test conducted in Chennai, rumours are making rounds that the Board is not that hopeful about the clearance of Hafeez’s bowling action and therefore it has decided to look for alternative ways to cope with the problem.
Earlier, top-class off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who played match-winning role for Pakistan in all three formats during the last few years, is also not available for the mega event. And the reason was the same - illegal bowling action.