Hafeez faces one-year bowling ban


In the wake of Pakistan's historic Test win over Sri Lanka in Galle this weekend, spin bowler Mohammad Hafeez has been cited for the second time in less than 48 months for a suspect bowling action.

Pakistan's spinners dominated the encounter in Galle as Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar taking 13 wickets between them across two innings, with Hafeez chipping in with two himself.

However, reports emerging after the game indicate the opening batsman could be banned from bowling for at least a year after the match officials reported his action as potentially being illegal.

Hafeez will undergo testing on his action within two weeks, but, because he has been reported twice in a two-year period, the minimum sanction he will face if found guilty is a year-long bowling ban.

He will be able to continue bowling until testing on his action is complete and a verdict on its legality has been reached, meaning he is likely to feature with the ball in the second Test starting on Thursday.

The former Pakistan captain was first reported last year in November last year in the first Test against New Zealand, was found guilty and was banned from bowling.

However, after a couple of months of rehabilitation and changing his action, he was cleared to bowl again in April.