Mohammad Hasnain has been cleared to bowl internationally again. The verdict came on the assessment of his bowling action where he bowled three overs under supervision & it was revealed that his elbow extension has dropped within the permissible limit – it has come down from the earlier flex of 17-24 degrees to 12-13 degrees.
Hasnain who was reported for a faulty action in January this year during the BBL where he represented Sydney Thunder and suspended from bowling in international cricket the following month is now eligible to resume his international career. During the suspension, Hasnain was eligible to bowl in Pakistan’s domestic circuit, but the PCB had decided against it. PCB wanted him to focus on tweaking his action on a priority basis.
After sending Hasnain to an independent consultant, the PCB decided to assign its high-performance coach, Umar Rasheed to work with him at Lahore’s High-Performance Centre. His tests took place at Lahore University of Management Sciences, an ICC-accredited testing laboratory on January 21. The Test report which was reviewed and verified by Cricket Australia’s independent expert, found his bowling action to be illegal.
An early assessment had found that Hasnain was rotating his arm to swing the ball. This process was inconsistent & caused a jerk. Also to bowl quick delivers his landing was wild making his alignment go off. The structure of his new bowling action remains the same. However, his wrist, arm rotation, and landing have been tweaked allowing him to bowl with consistent and repeatable action. Rasheed helped rework his alignment, for which Hasnain delivered over 5000 balls and practiced shadow bowling.
Before Hasnain was suspended he had been an integral part of Pakistan’s white-ball squads & had a T20I hat-trick to his name. He had impressed in his short stint at the BBL after being signed as the replacement for England’s pacer, Saqib Mahmood. He grabbed the eyeballs on her debut after taking 3 for 20 in Thunder’s 28-run win over Adelaide Strikers.
Hasnain was among the few young pacers the PCB had invested in after Mohammad Amir & Wahab Riaz’s international appearances got reduced. Hasnain was among the few pacers in Pakistan who has the capability to hit the 145kph mark consistently. Whether he is able to retain the pace after remedial work is to be seen. Though he hasn’t played any competitive cricket since his suspension, Rashid is sure that his action is repeatable and that he is stronger than ever.
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