Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will return home from the United Arab Emirates after sustaining a hamstring injury and being reported for a suspect action during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
Hafeez, who is not playing in the ongoing second Test, is expected to miss the third Test as well since he has to get his action tested.
“He is coming home as he needs rest and his bowling action also [needs to] be reviewed by experts at the National Cricket Academy,” a senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told PTI. “Yes the board is clearly concerned with Hafeez’s bowling action issue because the World Cup is getting closer and the board also has to finalize its 15-member World Cup squad in the first week of January.”
The official also revealed that PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has allowed Hafeez to travel to England to work with former spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who has been helping Saeed Ajmal rectify his illegal action.
Hafeez has also been given the green light to get his action unofficially tested at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
“First Hafeez’s action will be reviewed at the NCA and then he will go to England,” the official said. “His injury is not a serious matter. His bowling action is more of a concern for the board.
“But it is clear that if Hafeez can’t bowl, then the selectors will find it tough to select him in any format only as a batsman.”