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ICC bans Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez from bowling for third time

Hafeez, who bowls off-spin, was reported during the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Oct. 18 in Abu Dhabi.

Published: 16th November 2017 06:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2017 06:31 PM   |  A+A-

Pakistan's Muhammad Hafeez bowls during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on October 13, 2017. | AFP

By Associated Press

DUBAI: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in international cricket for the third time in three years after the sport's governing body found his bowling action to be illegal.

The International Cricket Council said Thursday that an independent assessment showed that "the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations."

The ICC said Hafeez can still bowl in domestic cricket events played under the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Hafeez, who bowls off-spin, was reported during the third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Oct. 18 in Abu Dhabi. He underwent an assessment at England's Loughborough University on Nov. 1.

He can apply for a reassessment after modifying his bowling action.

Hafeez was previously banned in November 2014 and June 2015 because of an illegal bowling action.

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