Hafeez goes for testing in hope of WC boost

2015 World Cup

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will fly to India to undergo testing to clear his bowling action in time for the World Cup, which starts in mid-February and will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Hafeez was suspended from bowling after the umpires reported his action as suspect during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month.

The 34 year-old is a key component of Pakistan's bowling attack as he, more often than not, takes the new ball and has a career economy rate of just 4.06 runs per over.

The PCB said in a statement: "Hafeez's action should be tested in an ICC accredited lab after his remedial work with coaches in Lahore. Therefore Hafeez is being sent to Chennai for an unofficial testing of his bowling action."

If the unofficial test clears Hafeez then the PCB will apply for an official reassessment with the ICC, possibly by 3 January.

Pakistan would want Hafeez, who has taken 122 wickets in 153 ODI's, to bowl at the global event, as they have already lost world-class spinner Saeed Ajmal, also to a suspect action.

Ajmal last week announced his withdrawal from the event as his remedial work on his action will not be completed before the 7 January deadline to announce the final 15-man squads.