DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared the bowling action of Mohammd Hafeez after the Pakistan all-rounder's remodeled action was found legal.
As a result, Hafeez can now resume bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
The 36-year-old was first reported for an illegal action in November 2014 in a Test match against New Zealand and later was banned from bowling for one-year after he was reported for the second time during the Test series against Sri Lanka in July 2015.
After successfully undergoing a reassessment in the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, the elbow extension for the off-spin deliveries of Hafeez were found to be within the 15 degree permissible limit.
For a retest to be conducted, a banned bowler has to first analyse the deliveries that he was reported and can bowl those only if it gets a clearance in the subsequent retests.
The umpires have been provided video footage of Hafeez's remodeled action and they can report him again if they find his action deviating from what was recorded during the reassessment.
Ever since he was banned from bowling, Hafeez continued to play as a specialist batsman before his form dipped and eventually was left out from the Pakistan squad.