PESHAWAR, 30 October: The bowling action of Pakistani off-spinner Bilal Asif has been cleared by independent assessment in India, said a press release posted on the website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.

After being cleared from illegal bowling action, ICC allowed Asif to continue bowling in international cricket. At the assessment, it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in all of Asif’s deliveries was well within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.

30-year-old Asif took 5-25 in the third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare  to help Pakistan win the match by seven wickets, taking the series 2-1.

But, during the match, umpires Jeremiah Matibiri of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka s Ruchira Palliyaguruge reported Asif s action to match referee David Jukes of England

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months because of an illegal action, while offspinner Saeed Ajmal has not been selected because he has proved ineffective after remedying his own issues with his action.

Experts say that he has enough chances to play the third Test against England in Sharjah as fast bowler Imran has been dropped out of the match due to his injury.


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