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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should make it mandatory for all bowlers to get their actions tested.
Hafeez’s comments come after he was reported for a suspect action following the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
“If these rules are necessary for international cricket, they should be applied to all bowlers,” Hafeez said. “Those who pass should be allowed to bowl, those who do not, they should work to rectify their mistakes. There shouldn’t be any ‘pick-and-choose’ method.
“I have been bowling for the last 11 years and it’s an integral part of my cricket,” he said. “I am incomplete if I am not bowling. So I hope I will be able to come out of this and will be able to bring my bowling within the current rules and regulations. There is a protocol and you have to go through it.”
Despite missing the second Test in Dubai since he was getting his action tested at Loughborough University, Hafeez was able to return to the United Arab Emirates in time for the third Test in Sharjah.
Even though Pakistan ended up getting thrashed by an innings and 80 runs, Hafeez still scored a career-best 197 and took two wickets.
“I hadn’t touched the bat for ten days before joining the team here,” he said. “But it was a difficult time for me due to the problems with my bowling action and I am hoping I will be able to come out of it. When I went to Loughborough, my concentration was on bowling but the management had told me they were interested in me playing the third Test.
“When I returned, there was a doubt due to a hamstring niggle. But once it was sorted, I said I would be able to play despite the jet lag. I went in with the confidence of scoring runs in the Abu Dhabi Test and the tempo was maintained.”
However, Hafeez admitted that New Zealand left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult dashed Pakistan’s hopes of saving the match when he ripped through their top order with relative ease.
“The way we have been playing, we thought we could save this match,” he said. “But the way Boult bowled that first spell, he broke our tempo.
“There was a realisation among us that we were not playing good cricket. We accepted our failures and realised we needed to play better. That willingness to improve really helped when we entered the Test series against Australia. All the team members played to the situation, except today. But we can say that the last six weeks have been very successful. The batsmen scored a lot of runs. What was even better was to see the inexperienced attack take 20 wickets. I think it was very important for the future of Pakistan cricket.”