Karachi(Cliff News)Quetta Gladiators signed Pakistan’s star all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as the assistant/bowling coach for Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2nd edition to be played in UAE in February next year.Razzaq will replace Ian Pont, who was the assistant coach in first edition as Gladiators played the final against Islamabad United, to further beef up the management which already has likes of 1992 World Cup winner Moin Khan as Head Coach and West Indian great Sir Vivian Richards as the mentor.The 36-year-old comes up with an experience of 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is in which he scored 7419 runs and took 389 wickets in his successful international career across all formats.Razzaq said that he is excited to take next step in his career with Gladiators.”I’m really excited to join Quetta Gladiators as assistant/bowling coach because this will be the start of a new phase in my life and what better team to start with,” Razzaq stated.”There comes a time when you got to step into coaching and management and it’s the reality we must face. I want to thank Moin Khan and Nadeem Omar for showing trust in my abilities and I want to help the players as much as I can with my experience.”The all-rounder who won number of unlikely matches for the country hopes to transfer his knowledge to the next generation.”Pakistan has given so much to me and now it’s time to give it back. As an ex-player it’s important to solve problems of players which we faced. Having Moin as Head Coach will certainly ease up my work because he is a great thinker and understands players’ mentality,” he added.”I hope that Gladiators will do well in the second edition of PSL and I would be able to make little difference I could. In the end, I’ll say that I can’t wait to start working with the team.”Meanwhile, Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar said that Razzaq will certainly improve the team with his experience of being one of the best finishers of his generation.”Razzaq was a true match-winner of his generation and delivered on numerous occasions both with the bat and ball so he will definitely help the team improve all-round play,” Nadeem said.”We want to make Gladiators the best team and Razzaq is the latest edition in our quest of PSL title. I would also like to thank Ian Pont for his services and hope he does well in his life ahead.”
Dubai (Cliff News)The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that following remedial work and reassessment, the bowling action of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket.
On 17 November, Hafeez underwent a reassessment of his bowling action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane where it was revealed that the amount of elbow extension for all his off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions.The umpires are still at liberty to report Hafeez if they believe he is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action from the reassessment. To assist the umpires, they will be provided with images and video footage of the bowler’s remodeled legal bowling action.Hafeez was originally suspended from bowling in November 2014, but he was reassessed and permitted to resume bowling in April 2015. He was reported during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka (17-21 June 2015) and was subsequently suspended for 12 months in July 2015 after an independent assessment revealed he had employed an illegal bowling action for the second time in 24 months. If he is reported again, he will be required to undertake further analysis of his bowling action at an ICC accredited testing centre.