20 Nov 2014

Hafeez bowling action to be tested

8:13 am on 20 November 2014

The Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England next week for tests after he was reported for a suspect bowling action.

Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Hafeez was reported during the first Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last week - which Pakistan won by 248 runs.

The 34-year-old all-rounder will be tested at Loughborough from Monday.

Under International Cricket Council regulations, a bowler must be tested within 21 days of being reported.

Hafeez, who has played 39 Tests and 149 one-day-internationals, was dropped from the current second Test with New Zealand because of a hamstring injury he sustained after his action was reported.

He was named in the ICC ODI team of the year earlier this month.

Pakistan team manager Moin Khan says if declared fit, Hafeez will return to the squad for the remainder of the Test and ODI series in the UAE.

Hafeez, whose action was also reported during a domestic league game in India in September, could be suspended from bowling in international matches if he fails to clear the test.

Fellow Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal is suspended after he failed a biomechanic test in Brisbane in September.

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