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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain set to make comeback after was suspended due to illegal bowling action

Mohammad Hasnain

Young Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain was banned from bowling during his stint with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL) this year after umpires suspected his bowling action. The 22-year-old was barred from bowling in the BBL and then also banned from bowling in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and recently concluded Australia’s tour of Pakistan.

According to ICC rules, when the bowler’s elbow extension exceeds 15 degrees, a bowler’s action is considered illegal. Hasnain exceeded the limits for full length delivery, good length delivery, bouncer and slow bouncer and as a result, a strict action was taken against him.

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According to a report in Cricket Pakistan website, Hasnain’s bowling action has been improved, and the process was supervised by Umar Rashid at the National High-Performance Center (NHPC). Tests were conducted at a local laboratory and the results showed Hasnain’s elbow was less than 15 degrees and could now be considered valid.

Once satisfied, the PCB will soon approach the International Cricket Council (ICC) and request a review so that the player can return to the field at the earliest. For further satisfaction, the ICC will send the player to a reputed lab so that the test results can be verified and confirmed. Then after getting approval from the ICC, the player will be able to return to the field.

Since his ban, Hasnain has been working with a bowling coach appointed by the PCB to work on and improve his bowling action. Hasnain made his international debut in March 2019, playing against Australia in Sharjah. During a match against Sri Lanka, he became the youngest player in history to take a hat-trick in the T20 International format.

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After getting approval from the ICC, Hasnain can join the Pakistan team for the series against West Indies at home. Pakistan recently announced their schedule for the upcoming season and the team will host West Indies as well as England and New Zealand, and will then tour the Netherlands and Sri Lanka as part of their 2022-2023 calendar, that also includes the likes of Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.

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