Pakistani point guard Mohammad Hasnain flagged by referees for illegal BBL bowling action
Pakistani point guard Mohammad Hasnain will have his bowling action tested on Tuesday after Australian Big Bash League (BBL) referees apparently ruled he was illegal.
While the 21-year-old has played five games for the Sydney Thunder so far, he will now undergo a test at the ICC accredited biomechanics laboratory in Lahore before he can return to play.
BBL referees report Mohammad Hasnain’s bowling action
Mohammad Hasnain, 21, made a significant impact in his first season in the BBL when he replaced Saqib Mahmood in Sydney Thunder’s game against the Brisbane Heat. The Pakistani bowler collected four wickets as Sydney Thunder recorded a convincing 53 run victory.
However, according to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the BBL referees apparently ruled his action illegal and called for a test to be conducted. While Hasnain was due to undergo a test on his action on January 19 in Australia, he will not pursue the same as he was due to return to Pakistan at the end of his campaign. Since there is an ICC-accredited testing center in Lahore, it was decided that he could be tested there instead.
Hasnain will be tested at a crucial time as the seventh season of the Pakistani Super League (PSL) kicks off in less than ten days in Karachi. In the scenario where the 21-year-old’s action is found to be illegal, he will be suspended from bowling in international cricket. Moreover, it is also unlikely that several national competitions will allow him to play until the Pakistani point guard corrects his action.
According to clause 11.5 of the ICC regulations and protocols regarding illegal actions, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can only allow the 21-year-old to play in domestic matches if Hasnain fails the test. However, it has been reported in the past that the PSL has also not allowed bowlers with illegal actions to play in the league.