Mohammad Husnain bowling action declared illegal


Mohammad Hasnain, a Pakistani pacer, has been barred from bowling after an unlawful bowling action was discovered, according to a statement issued by Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday.

Umpire Gerard Abood reported Hasnain after he bowled in the KFC Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on January 2 at Sydney Showground Stadium.

Hasnain was supposed to be tested at Cricket Australia’s ICC-approved facility in Brisbane within the statutory 14-day deadline and before leaving Australia, according to the Suspected Illegal Bowling Action Procedures.

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However, after he and others were returned early by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it was decided that he would take his test at the PCB’s authorised facility in Lahore, with the findings being sent to Cricket Australia for independent assessment and verification.

“This procedure has been finished,” the CA stated, “with Hasnain’s activity deemed to be illegal by the PCB’s testing laboratory and the report reviewed and validated by CA’s independent expert.”

Hasnain is presently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He was pulled from the starting XI last night, just minutes before the game was about to begin.

“We’d like to commend Mohammad Hasnain, the Pakistan Cricket Board, Cricket NSW, and Sydney Thunder for their cooperative and respectful approach to this process – especially given the logistical challenges around travel and testing,” said Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling.

“CA’s independent expert is confident that Mohammad recreated his bowling action during testing in a controlled setting and that the findings are accurate,” he stated.

Given the collaborative nature of this process, Cricket Australia has complete trust that the PCB would assist Mohammad in rectifying his action, according to Peter Roach.

“We wish Mohammad all the best in the coming months and hope to welcome him back to Australia in the future.”

The PCB will hire a bowling consultant.

The PCB announced in a statement following the assessment on Hasnain’s bowling motion that the pacer will stay suspended and that a bowling consultant will be recruited to work with him.”The PCB today received an official and thorough report from Cricket Australia on Mohammad Hasnain’s assessment test, which revealed that his elbow extension for his decent length delivery, full length delivery, slow bouncer, and bouncer exceeded the 15-degree limitations,” read a statement from the PCB.

“After discussing the report with its own bowling specialists, the PCB is sure that the situation can be remedied.” The PCB will now employ a bowling consultant to work with Mohammad Hasnain to improve his bowling motion and prepare for a review.

Out of PSL

According to the PCB, Mohammad Hasnain is a valuable asset to Pakistan and one of the few bowlers who routinely hits 145kmph.

“As a result, and with his future and Pakistan’s interests in mind, the PCB has determined, on the suggestion of the HBL PSL 2022 Technical Committee, that he will no longer be able to compete in the HBL Pakistan Super League.”

This period will be used by the bowler to work with the PCB-appointed bowling consultant to change his bowling motion so that he may seek for a reassessment and return to international cricket as soon as feasible.

According to the board, Mohammad Hasnain will be barred from bowling in international cricket until he clears his evaluation under the Illegal Bowling Action Regulations.

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