Hafeez cleared for bowling return


Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared to resume bowling by the ICC after making changes to his action in recent weeks.

Pakistan's off-spinning all-rounder has fallen foul of ICC regulations twice in recent years, which led to a 12-month ban from bowling in June 2015.

That ban came two months after being cleared to resume bowling having initially been punished by the governing body in November of the previous year.

An ICC statement read: "On 17 November, Hafeez underwent a reassessment of his bowling action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.

"The umpires are still at liberty to report Hafeez if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the reassessment.

"To assist the umpires, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler's remodelled legal bowling action."