Moin hopeful Hafeez's bowling action will be cleared
Karachi: Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan is hopeful that seasoned allrounder Muhammad Hafeez's bowling action will be cleared soon and he will be available for the 2015 World Cup.
Moin, who is also the manager of the national team that is presently playing against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates, said on a television channel that Hafeez's bowling action looked clean with a naked eye.
"With a naked eye one can see no problem in his action and we are hopeful he will be cleared. Even the match officials have just reported four of his deliveries as not being legitimate after the first Test," Moin said.
The former Pakistan captain said that Hafeez himself was confident about his action being cleared soon as he had off late been working on his action a lot after he was reported in the Champions League.
"We have held detailed meetings on this issue and Hafeez himself has already started working on his action and he will do this even when he goes back to Pakistan," Moin said.
He admitted that losing a top spinner like Saeed Ajmal to suspension and then seeing Hafeez also facing the same problem was a blow to Pakistan team and its preparations for the World Cup.
"The good thing is that the other players have responded with a lot of passion and courage and we are seeing the results of this approach in the recent Tests," said Moin.
"I would give a lot of credit to head coach Waqar Younis, who is very positive and gives the players a lot of encouragement while making it clear to them they need to now start executing plans on the filed discussed in team meetings," the former captain said.
Moin said there was lot of strong talent to choose from in one-day cricket and hopefully Pakistan will be able to find the right combination before the World Cup.
"Right now we are focussed on the Tests against New Zealand, who have so far played well in the second Test, but our focus will switch to one-day cricket once the Tests are over and we have plenty of matches and time to get our World Cup combination right," he said.