Mohammad Hafeez (above) was suspended with a suspect bowling action © Getty Images
Mohammad Hafeez (above) was suspended with a suspect bowling action © Getty Images

Chennai: Jan 2, 2014

Experienced Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has completed testing on his bowling action at the ICC-accredited Biomechanics Laboratory here and the report will be sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board in a week’s time. Hafeez underwent a bio-mechanic test on his bowling action at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences Centre (SRASSC) here on Wednesday.

“The testing duration was for 90 minutes. The testing process involved all aspects of bio mechanical assessment of the player and medical screening by sports physician with relevant investigation besides motion analysis, especially under match intensity. About 300 frames have been shot,” a reliable source told PTI.

According to the source, the ICC normally gives a two-week time to send such reports to the respective Boards but since Hafeez’s case was an urgent one, the SRASSC is expected to be ready with the report in a week’s time.

“It takes time as results of the analysis will have to be evaluated by experts and a comprehensive report compiled. It takes three to five minutes to view and analyse each of the 300 frames and make it as a video before sending it along with our report to the respective Board,” the source said.

“The ICC normally gives time of two weeks for such tests. But since it’s an urgent testing, the report on Hafeez will be sent in seven days. The PCB will get the report in seven days’ time,” he added.

The report of the test on Hafeez’s bowling action is important for Pakistan in deciding his World Cup fate. Though the PCB is ready to select 34-year-old Hafeez as batsman, some experts fear the veteran player — in case he fails to get his bowling action cleared — may prove a liability during the World Cup, arguing the 153-ODI veteran is only useful as an all-rounder.