PCB hopes Hafeez clears his bowling action before ODI series


Islamabad—The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hired Carl Crowe, a UK-based bowling coach, for Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez’s upcoming bowling action test and hopes to clear him before the start of the ODI series against England.
Hafeez has faced problems with his bowling action since 2014 and in July 2015 was banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months after his action was found to be illegal for a second time since November 2014.
Hafeez was a key player for Pakistan before his bowling action was reported as he took 52 wickets in 47 Tests and another 129 ODI and 46 wickets in T20 Internationals.
Talking to APP, a PCB official said PCB hopes that Hafeez gets cleared before the start of the ODI series against England.
“Crowe has already started working with Hafeez since the last three days in Worcestershire, where Pakistan played a tour match before the third Test against England at Edgbaston, confirmed the PCB,” he said.
It may be mentioned that the bowling coach has worked with West Indies off spinner Sunil Narine, who later cleared his bowling action test conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Meanwhile, The Twenty20 Skipper and Nationla team’s Wicket Keeper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident of strong comeback in next games saying the situation is evenly poised as series stands at 1-1.
“We are a strong side and our coaching staff is committed to helping the team to respond well in the next two games,” he said.
“We have put in a lot of hard work and preparation for this tour. I am confident that after a short break between the Test matches, we have the ability and will make a comeback in this series, he said while talking to Pakpassion.net..
Sarfraz, who in 23 Test matches has scored 1399 runs at an average of over forty three, said it is always tough to make a comeback after a defeat of the kind we suffered recently in the second test.
He said we will consider all options once we get close to the third Test beginning August 3. “We will consider what changes need to be done and have had a sight of the pitch,” he said.
Speaking about the form of Younis Khan, Sarfraz said Younis is one of our main players.
“Apart from Younis, we have been winning with the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq for the past few years and we cannot write off any of these players based upon a few bad innings.”
“Younis not only works hard on his fitness and in the nets, he is also a great source of inspiration and strength for the team. I am convinced that he will make a comeback just like in the past when he’s come through for Pakistan with a big innings when his team needed it most,” he said.—APP

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