Just two weeks after being given the green light to bowl in international matches again, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has launched a scathing attack against the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) system of reporting bowlers with suspect actions.
Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action on numerous occasions, but he feels the entire process is highly “suspicious”.
“There are so many things influencing all this [who gets called for suspect actions], it has a lot to do with the power of [some] boards and nobody wants to take them on,” Hafeez told BBC Urdu as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “Mostly there are soft corners and relations between people which no one wants to spoil. What I say is why not implement the rule and get every bowler in the world to go through [testing]. What’s the difficulty in that?”
Hafeez also revealed that after undergoing tests, he was astonished to learn that the degree of flex in his action was slightly above the 15-degree limit.
He questioned how his action was reported time and time again, while others are permitted to keep bowling, even though they have more suspicious bowling actions.
“When match umpires called me [for a suspect bowling action], I went for my test only to find the flex was recorded up to 16, 17 and 18 degrees,” Hafeez said. “I was surprised: how can anyone with the naked eye see flex from 15 to 16, and at times they are not able to call those whose flex is 25 and even 30-plus.
“So I have my doubts about this calling system. This is suspicious, why are match referees or on-field umpires not able to see those flexing up to 35 but me with 16 degrees.”