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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has insisted that his comments about the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) system of reporting bowlers with suspect actions were taken out of context.
Hafeez added that he never meant to criticise the global cricketing body.
Hafeez’s comments come after he spoke to BBC Urdu after being cleared to bowl in international matches again as his action was deemed legal.
Shortly after, he was issued a show-cause notice by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as the ICC were less than impressed with his remarks.
Responding to the show-cause notice, Hafeez was quoted by Geo News as saying: “I only touched upon the technical aspects.”
While speaking to the BBC, Hafeez 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.”