The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has spared all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez after filing a show cause notice against him for his derogatory comments regarding the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council’s dealing with bowlers who have had struggled with their action.
The statement came shortly after Hafeez ICC cleared Hafeez for the third time in his career.
Pertinently, Hafeez raised an issue with the basic protocol of ICC which deals with the process of bowling action.
Following his comments, he was sent a notice via an email. The news was given to Cricbuzz by a PCB spokesperson.
“Basically, he has been served a notice for criticizing the ICC in an interview. He was sent the notice in evening yesterday [Friday] through e-mail and has seven days to reply,” he said.
However, Hafeez told the three-member disciplinary committee that his words were totally misinterpreted.
The Disciplinary Committee included the likes of Haroon Rasheed, the director of Cricket Operation, Amjad Hussain, the Media, and Co-ordination director and Salman Naseer, the GM legal.
The PCB is learnt to have accepted the explanation given by Hafeez. However, the board has asked him for a clarification before the media.
Mohammad Hafeez gives clarification:
“My intention was not to criticise ICC protocols nor did I mention any respected cricket board in my interview. The interview was all about my suggestions to improve the [Bowling action tests] standards and to remove doubts if any from minds of fans of cricket. Unfortunately, my comments were misinterpreted and used out of context,” Hafeez said.
Following Hafeez’s clearance to bowl, Pakistan will definitely get more chances in the bowling department. He is a pretty handy bowler and was even the No. 1 bowlers in limited overs cricket for a long time.
The experienced campaigner Hafeez’s clearance to bowl will lend Pakistan the much-needed balance which they were lacking in the last year or so.
Hafeez is also a brilliant batsman and his bowling will again add a different dimension to his game.