Muhammad Hafeez who represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 149 ODIs and 58 T20Is has been reported for a suspect bowling action by the umpires after the match between Lahore Lions & Dolphins. Interestingly Hafeez does not even bowl the doosra.
Under CLT20 rules, a reported player could request for an official assessment from the BCCI’s suspect bowling action committee but he can continue to play for his team without assessment, he will be placed on the tournament’s ‘warning list’ as per its rules. However If the player is reported again, he will be suspended from bowling in the tournament and in any cricket organized by the BCCI until his actions is cleared. Important point is being reported in the CLT20 has no impact on a bowler’s participation in any International cricket.
However the fact that the same umpires and the same tournament have no issues with the actions of either Narine or Harbajhan is beyond understanding. Unless there’s a written rule that bowlers from IPL teams can’t be reported. Is it some preplanned crackdown against teams not part of BIG-3 Or against players not part of IPL?
Being cricket fan it is really disturbing to see after No.1 bowler Saeed Ajmal now No.1 all-rounder career is in danger, the way things are going PCB & Pakistan team fans should be ready for more as their new T20 captain Shahid Khan Afridi was already reported once for suspect bowling action, now under new ICC rules & technique he will definitely be checked again.
Dolphins offspinner Prenelan Subrayen was also reported for suspected action, At least the authorities trying and enforce it equally and evenly. If the umpires deem Hafeez’s action to be suspect so be it but just like the ICC/BCCI is targeting the big players to set the right precedent for future generations, it would only be fair to expect to have the same treatment towards big players from other countries/franchises.