PCB serves notice on Hafeez for ICC comments

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday issued a show-cause notice to all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez over his criticism of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rules and regulations regarding to bowling action.

The PCB has directed Hafeez to submit his reply within seven days over his controversial statement.

The all-rounder was recently allowed bowling in international cricket after remodelling his action. Earlier, he was suspended from bowling for the third time in his career after being reported for a suspect action in a series against Sri Lanka.

Hafeez had said in a recent interview that there are so many things that influence suspect bowling actions, “It has a lot to do with the power of (some) boards and nobody wants to take them on. Mostly there are soft corners and relations between people which no one wants to spoil. What I say is why not implement the rule and get every bowler in the world to go through (testing). What’s the difficulty in that?” the all-rounder had stated.

Hafeez had further stated that his action was declared suspect despite being slightly above the limit of 15-degrees, while on the other hand those having bend of 25 and even 30-plus were not reported for suspect action. He stated that he was unable to understand that how is it possible to identify the difference of one degree in bowling actions through human eye.

Hafeez is not part of the current Test squad visiting England.

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