LAHORE: Pakistan will once more have the complete services of all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez at their disposal, after his rejigged bowling action was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday.Hafeez, 37, was reported for a suspect action during an ODI against Sri Lanka in October, with an assessment at Loughborough University finding his action illegal – the third time that had happened in his career. After working on his action over the past few months, Hafeez was tested again at Loughborough University on April 17 where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension in his bowling action was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations. And the results yesterday declared his bowling action to be legal once more. “The match officials are still at liberty to report Hafeez in the future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the reassessment,” the ICC said in a press release. To assist the match officials, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action. Reacting to the news, Hafeez tweeted he was happy to be allowed to bowl again and made a special mention of the NCA staff, thanking them for remedying his action.It will come as a major boost to Pakistan, who had relied heavily on Hafeez’s all-round game in the months leading up to his action being found illegal, rising to the top of the T20I rankings, and winning the Champions Trophy in June last year. Hafeez’s bowling was crucial in allowing Pakistan to field attacking bowling line-ups with more wicket-taking options without compromising on their batting depth. Hafeez had enlisted the services of spin bowling consultant Carl Crowe, who also worked with West Indies spinner Sunil Narine on his action. He had also helped Hafeez overturn a one-year ban the second time he was reported. Hafeez also worked with biomechanics specialist Dr Paul Herron in England in December. He failed an unofficial test at a laboratory at LUMS university in Lahore days before the start of the Pakistan Super League – albeit very narrowly. But he did not bowl during the PSL.Hafeez’s problems with his bowling action go back a long way. He was first reported over 13 years ago during an ODI tri-series in Australia in 2005. Regulations concerning illegal actions were different back then and he soon returned. In 2014, his action was reported during the Champions League T20, and then again following a Test match against New Zealand later that year. Having twice been found over the legal limit for elbow extension, Hafeez was banned from bowling for 12 months. He returned to bowling after his ban and cleared a bowling test in 2016, before the issue arose again leading to his current suspension.Published in Daily Times, May 2nd 2018.