Crowe confident Hafeez will be cleared to bowl

Spin bowling coach and action remodeling expert Carl Crowe is confident that biometric testing will show that Mohammad Hafeez’s action is legal.

Crowe helped former number one ODI bowler Sunil Narine successfully remodel his action and has worked with the Pakistan allrounder in a bid to ensure he continues bowling.

Match officials reported Hafeez for a potentially suspect action after the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, this was the third time the players action has been reported.

Hafeez underwent the ICC test that will determine whether his action is in breach of regulations at the High Performance centre at Loughborough University in England.

Crowe feels the spin-bowling allrounders action has improved since he last worked with him a year ago.

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The coach said: “He seems more balanced, and is using his body more efficiently, more effectively.

“That’s often an issue with guys who have issues with an arm being flexed. They need to be more efficient with their body, and one or two things we did [last year] helped him do that.

“Did we do any work on his action at the moment? No. There are one or two things we’ve discussed in terms of skill development – not necessarily action development – because we’re confident he doesn’t necessarily really need that.”

Despite being reported three times Crowe feels that there may not be anything wrong with Hafeez’s action.

He added: “Every bowler has different degrees of flex in their arm.

“Many bowlers have idiosyncracies in their action that make it look a certain way. I’m not sure, to be honest, if there is anything particularly wrong about Hafeez’s action.

“When we worked together in 2016, he was very keen to take on board any kind of techniques that would help him become more efficient. My view is that it’s about being a better bowler. It can’t be that I am bowling with a straight arm now but disappearing.

“I’ve worked a lot with Narine over the years, and the performance has got to be high. Same with Hafeez – last year, when we worked together it was about being a better bowler, not just with a straighter arm.”