Mohammad Hafeez to undergo bowling test on July 6 in Chennai
Controversial Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will have his bowling action tested in Chennai on June 6, according to ESPNcricinfo.
New Delhi: Controversial Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will have his bowling action tested in Chennai on June 6, according to ESPNcricinfo.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier ordered the spinner to undergo a reassessment of his action. But, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had since requested an extension citing the player's visa concerns.
The 34-year-old, however, has been issued an Indian visa on Wednesday by the Indian High Commission in Colombo after much delay.
Confirming Hafeez's visa, a PCB official has reportedly said that they have opted to have the test done at Chennai since it was an ICC accredited biomechanics laboratory and also it would reduce travel time for Hafeez from Colombo. Besides, Hafeez already undergone bowling tests there.
On June 21, during the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Hafeez was reported by match officials for having an illegal bowling action for the second time within a year during.
Under ICC laws he is required to undergo a bowling assessment test within 14-days and can continue to bowl during this period - which he did during the second test in Colombo. The initial July 4 deadline was in accordance with this law.
Last December, the bend in his arm was declared to be above the 15-degree limit, but was cleared in this April after testing in Chennai. If he fails the tests this time, he will not be allowed to bowl for a year.
He is expected to miss the final Test of the Sri Lanka tour, which starts on July 3. The three-Tests series is levelled 1-1 after Sri Lanka won the Colombo Test by seven wickets. Pakistan won the first Test by 10 wickets.
After the Test series, they will play in five-match One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals.