PCB hires Crowe to correct Hafeez’s action

Bowling coach Carl Crowe has already started working with Hafeez since the last three days in Worcestershire, where Pakistan played a tour match before the third Test against England at Edgbaston.

Mohammad Hafeez had his bowling action reported last year after the first Test against Sri Lanka in June.   -  Getty Images

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has hired bowling coach Carl Crowe in the United Kingdom to help Mohammad Hafeez correct his action before he takes the International Cricket Council (ICC) bowling test in England.

A senior official of the PCB confirmed to PTI today that Crowe has already started working with Hafeez since the last three days in Worcestershire, where Pakistan played a tour match before the third Test against England at Edgbaston.

“Crowe has worked a lot with West Indian spinner Sunil Narine and the results were good. Crowe’s name was recommended to us also by the team management,” the official said.

A 12-month ban on Hafeez from bowling in international cricket expired on July 12 and as per the ICC rules and regulations, Hafeez is now eligible to appear in a bowling assessment.

The official said if everything went well then Hafeez would undergo the bowling assessment before the one-day series against England.

“He was not working on his bowling action due to his knee injury which has now improved a lot and he himself is keen to play and bowl in the one-day series,” he said.

Crowe is said to have a greater understanding of the motion analysis system with a minimum of 12 high speed cameras capable of producing three-dimensional data which is used in the bowling tests conducted under ICC protocol.