Dubai: Under-scrutiny Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will fly to England for tests on his suspect bowling action, an official said Wednesday.
Hafeez's action was reported during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last week.
Under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules for dealing with suspect actions, a bowler must undergo a bio mechanical test in an accredited laboratory within 21 days of being reported. Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said
Hafeez would undergo testing in Loughborough on November 24. Hafeez was ruled out of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand in Dubai after suffering a hamstring injury. Khan said Hafeez would fly back to Dubai on November 25 if cleared.
"If physically fit, he will be in contention to regain his spot for the third Test against New Zealand at Sharjah." The third and final Test begins on November 26.
If the bio-mechanical tests prove his action is illegal, Hafeez will be suspended from international cricket and will have to undergo remedial work on his bowling. Under the ICC rules bowlers may only straighten their bowling arm by up to 15 degrees.
Hafeez is the eighth bowler to be reported in an ICC crackdown on chuckers launched in June this year. Of those reported Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, Sri Lanka's Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand's Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe's Prosper Utseya and Bangladesh's Sohag Gazi were suspended.
Bangladesh paceman Al-Amin Hossain was also reported but was cleared after bio-mechanical tests, while Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller was reported earlier this month.