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Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez suspended from Bowling in International Cricket for 1 Year

International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Pakistan’s all-rounder cricketer Mohammad Hafeez from bowling in international cricket for a period of one year.

He was banned after he failed in ICC’s independent assessment on his suspected bowling action which violated permitted 15-degree limit. He will be able to reassess his bowling action only after the completion of this 1 year period.

Hafeez had tested his bowling action in Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai after his actions violated the limit during the second Test match against Sri Lanka.

It should be noted that this is the second time his bowling action were reported and this time he has been found guilty. For first time his bowling actions were reported earlier in November 2014 during Pakistan’s match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

During this time, his action was found to have an elbow extension up to 31 degrees and had underwent reassessment but failed to clear an unofficial test.

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Zaheer Abbas appointed as ICC President

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Zaheer Abbas has been selected the new President of International Cricket Council (ICC) for one year term.

He will be 13th President of ICC and succeeds Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh who had resigned from the post of ICC President in April 2015.

Decision in this regard was taken during the ICC Annual Conference week in Barbados.

Zaheer Abbas was a right-handed batsman. He had played 78 Tests and 62 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in his 22-year long illustrious career spanning from 1969 to 1985.

He had scored 5,062 runs in Test career and 2,572 runs in ODI career. He also had represented Pakistan in three World Cups in 1975, 1979 and 1983.

He also captained Pakistan in 14 Tests and 13 ODIs matches. In his career, he had scored 108 centuries. He was the only Asian batsman to score 100 first-class centuries and was also first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in ODIs.

It should be noted that he is the second cricketer from Pakistan to assume post of ICC President after Ehsan Mani, who was in office from 2003 to 2006.

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