Pak spinner Hafeez suspended over bowling action

Hafeez has been suspended for the third time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect for his illegal bowling action after failing in a biomechanics test in England.

This is the third instance when the 37-year-old has been suspended from bowling at the topmost level.

"Saddened to know the result of my bowling action from ICC, it would never pull me down, will never give up, worked so hard to remodelled it and will work again twice harder to get better to serve my beloved country Pakistan", said Hafeez via twitter.

He can apply for a reassessment after modifying his bowling action.

Zaka said a good number of talented cricketers ended their careers either because of match-fixing or illegal bowling action, which is clear proof that the PCB lacks expertise in handling the players. "Work harder on his batting", Wasim told reporters.

Hafeez has overall picked 237 wickets from 326 worldwide matches spread across all the formats. The ICC announced that an independent body has found Hafeez's bowling action to be illegal. In a different time, Hafeez's action was called in Australia as well - back in 2005 - while just before he was reported in November 2014, he was also reported in a Champions League T20 game in India.

It is pertinent to note here that Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014. Just a couple of months later, however, he was reported again during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka.