Pakistan’s spinning all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez flies to India on Monday in a bid to have his bowling action cleared in time for next year’s World Cup 2015. The 34-year-old’s action was reported as suspect during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month and he was subsequently suspended after a bio-mechanical test found it was illegal.
Hafeez’s suspension was a second blow for Pakistan after their ace spinner Saeed Ajmal was also sidelined over his illegal action in September. Ajmal last week announced his withdrawal from the World Cup as his remedial work will not be completed before the January 7 deadline to announce a final 15-man squad for the event in Australia and New Zealand, which starts on February 14.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said Hafeez has worked with former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed. Hafeez has 122 wickets in 153 one-days, as well as 4,456 runs and his dual role is important to the balance of Pakistan’s side in one-day internationals.