Why are Hafeez and Akmal in trouble?

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Mohammad Hafeez was angry with the ICC over their process of identifying suspect bowling actions

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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been issued a show cause notice by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he lashed out at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) system of reporting bowlers with suspect actions.

Hafeez has been reported for a suspect action three times in his career, but he was recently cleared to bowl in international matches once again.

While speaking to BBC Urdu, Hafeez had said: “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.

“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?”

He added: “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.”

While the PCB took no action against Hafeez when his remarks were first made public, they decided to give him seven days to explain his behaviour after the ICC were made aware of his comments.

In addition to being barred from speaking to the media, Hafeez could face a range of sanctions, which could vary from an official reprimand to a fine, to being banned for a certain number of matches.

Meanwhile, the PCB have banned batsman Umar Akmal for three games and fined him 1 million Pakistan rupees after he claimed that head coach Mickey Arthur had verbally abused him. Furthermore, the board has revoked his no-objection certificate for two months, meaning that he cannot participate in any domestic competitions overseas.

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