Muhammad Asif Khan
Sharjah: Severing a one-year bar on bowling however a prolific Pakistan batsman, Muhammad Hafeez is hopeful of making an impactful return to the international scene as an all-rounder. “I have been working very hard on my bowling action and have doubled the practice lately. I am very confident to exhibit even better show upon return as a bowler. I am eagerly waiting for July to undergo the test”, said Muhammad Hafeez, in an interview to News One TV.
“Yes, I am disappointed but it is not in my hands. My aim is to regain the top all-rounder slot, in the ICC rankings, for Pakistan”, added Muhammad Hafeez, who can not apply for a reassessment of his bowling action until his suspension ends.
Bowling action of Muhammad Hafeez was reported twice in one year – in November 2014 & June 2015 – hence as per rules, he is not allowed to undergo ICC-accredited testing within one-year time.
Muhammad Hafeez, 35, also hoped that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would have a positive impact on Pakistan cricket, added that young players would learn to handle pressure during the course of this T20 extravaganza. “Handling pressure situation is a much needed ingredient of international cricket and young Pakistan players are having the taste of it in the PSL”, said Muhammad Hafeez, who is representing Peshawar Zalmi in the 5-team league.
“The positive impact of the PSL, on young players, will start to get effect after a couple of seasons and it will subsequently help the national team”, concluded Muhammad Hafeez.
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets @mak_asif