Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez. – A file photo

LONDON: The International Cricket Council on Thursday declared Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Hafeez bowling action illegal and suspended the the off-spinner from bowling with immediate effect.

According to media reports, the ICC said that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal.

The assessment revealed that the majority of his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.

In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Hafeez’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, pursuant to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Hafeez may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the PCB.