Hafeez has been reported thrice in three years, having completed a 12-month ban earlier this year. © AFP

Hafeez has been reported thrice in three years, having completed a 12-month ban earlier this year. © AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday (November 21) strongly backed Mohammad Hafeez, the off-spinning allrounder, in his efforts to redeem his bowling action which was deemed illegal on assessment last week.

Hafeez, 37, was reported for an illegal action during Pakistan’s third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi last month, and following a failed test at the Loughborough University, he was suspended from bowling at international level.

After remedial action, Hafeez can reapply for another test. This is the third report of his action in three years, having completed a 12-month ban earlier this year.

The PCB said a four-member committee would assist Hafeez.

“PCB would like to clarify that it stands behind Hafeez and is lending all its support to him to rectify his bowling action,” the board said. “The PCB will like to state that already a bowling action review committee has been setup where Ahsan Raza, Ali Zia, Saleem Jaffar, and Sajjad Akbar are its members.

“The committee has been tasked to provide all possible training and assistance to rectify his bowling action at par with ICC standard.”

The PCB further said that the four-member committee would work with Hafeez on his action at the National Cricket Academy, and after every 10 days he will undergo a test at the biomechanics lab setup in Lahore University of management sciences.

“The committee will, therefore, analyse the reports of the tests, and will further guide Hafeez before he proceeds with the official test to ICC.”

Pakistan will hope Hafeez clears his test in time for their five-match ODI and three-match Twenty20 International series in New Zealand in January next year.