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Hafeez leaves tonight for Chennai

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will leave for Chennai tonight to have his bowling action unofficially tested at the ICC-accredited facility on January 3.

“The test would be conducted on January 3,” PCB Media manager Agha Akbar told ARYNEWS.tv. “He will leave tonight,” he added.

After spin maestro Saeed Ajmal has pulled out of the World Cup 2015, PCB is keen to have Hafeez cleared for bowling before the mega tournament.

Saeed and Hafeez are Pakistan’s top ranked bowlers, as they are the only bowlers for Pakistan to be in the world top 10 list. But both have faced suspension from ICC after their bowling actions were found illegal.

Pakistan’s former spin maestros Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed have both worked with Hafeez and his action would now be tested.

Although, Hafeez is an effective opener, but if he is not cleared for bowling, selectors would find it difficult to place him in the squad for the World Cup, as he is struggling with his form with the bat.

The last date of announcement for the final squad for World Cup is January 7 and Hafeez is likely to find a place in the squad though his prospects of bowling Down Under is in limbo. PCB might later, if not cleared for bowling, pull his name out of the final squad and announce a replacement.

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