Hafeez found to be flexing elbow up to 31 degrees, says ICC report

"Between the upper-arm-horizontal and ball release, the bowler extended his elbow well over 15 degrees during all deliveries"

“Between the upper-arm-horizontal and ball release, the bowler extended his elbow well over 15 degrees during all deliveries”

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According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) report, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was found to be flexing his elbow up to 31 degrees during his test at Loughborough University.

Hafeez, who was recently banned from bowling, was reported for a suspect action after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

The test was carried out by five biomechanics experts, including three PhD students from Loughborough University, in the presence of ICC representative Ben Leaver and coach advisor Karl Krikken.

“The bowler appeared to emulate his match-bowling action during the assessment,” the report said. “Between the upper-arm-horizontal and ball release, the bowler extended his elbow well over 15 degrees during all deliveries.”

The report also stated that Hafeez’s average elbow flex was 27 degrees.

Results of over-by-over testing from the report

  • First over, offspin around the wicket: Average elbow extension 28 degrees
  • Second over, offspin around the wicket: Average elbow extension 27 degrees
  • Third over, offspin over the wicket: Average elbow extension 27 degrees
  • Fourth over, offspin around the wicket: Average elbow extension 26 degrees

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