Reports: Mohammad Hasnain successfully rectifies his bowling action
Hasnain was banned from bowling after his action was deemed illegal during the BBL.
Pakistan’s young pacer Mohammad Hasnain was banned from bowling after the umpires had suspected his bowling action during his stint with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League this year. The 22-year-old was banned from bowling at the BBL thereon and was also restricted at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the recent Australia tour of Pakistan.
As per the ICC rules, a bowling action is considered foul when the bowler’s elbow extension exceeds 15 degrees. Hasnain’s extension for the full-length delivery, good length delivery, bouncer, and slow bouncer exceeded the limit and as a result, the action was taken against him.
As per a report in Cricket Pakistan, Hasnain’s bowling action has been rectified, and the process was supervised at the National High-Performance Center (NHPC) by Umar Rasheed. Tests were conducted at a local laboratory and the results suggested that Hasnain’s elbow was within the legal limits of 15-degrees.
Hasnain’s ban will be lifted only after ICC’s approval
The PCB, once satisfied, will soon get in touch with the International Cricket Council and request a review so that the player can get back into action at the earliest. For further satisfaction, the ICC will send the player to a well-known laboratory to get the test results verified and confirmed. The player will be able to return to his game once he receives clearance from the governing body.
Since his ban, he was working with a bowling coach, appointed by the PCB, in order to work on his bowling actions and improve them. Hasnain made his international debut in March 2019 while playing against Australia in Sharjah. During a game against Sri Lanka, he became the youngest player in history to grab an international hat-trick in the T20 format.
Once approved by the ICC, Hasnain will be able to join the Pakistan squad for their upcoming series against West Indies at home. Pakistan recently announced their schedule for the upcoming season and the team will be hosting England and New Zealand alongside West Indies, and will also be travelling to the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.