Never rated my bowling - Hafeez

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  1. Passionate Pakistani
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    M ohammad Hafeez is confident he will overcome the scrutiny on his action but added that he had never viewed himself as much of bowler and would continue to focus on his batting at international level.

    In the space of two months umpires both in domestic and international cricket have reported his action. He first had trouble in September during the Champions League T20 and then after the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last week. He will fly to England at the weekend to undergo testing at Loughborough University, one of the newly accredited ICC testing centres, on November 24 .

    "I never considered myself an offspinner," Hafeez told reporters at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore following his release from the Test squad in UAE. "I am a batsman and honestly I never even rated myself as a bowler. I just bowl naturally, bowl straight deliveries and some spin. It's not like I do it myself to control the variation.

    "I don't see myself on the basis of my bowling and never tried to be in the team as an offspinner. I am always a batsman and focus on batting but, yes, bowling has been a plus point. It is also important for my career as well as after all it's helping my country and team. I am hoping that I will get through this tough time and will continue to play my natural cricket."

    Hafeez revealed the umpires had reported four deliveries from one spell during the first Test against New Zealand but said he could not see anything different from the thousands of other balls he has sent down. Despite the two reports against his action, Hafeez has constantly remained defiant and continued to do so after seeing footage of the deliveries the umpires have questioned.

    "They have shown me the balls they deemed suspect and those are as normal, as I usually bowl," he said when asked if he is trying to bowl doosra. "So I don't think there should be any problem at all. I bowl naturally and will continue to bowl that way in the testing.

    "Nothing is different from what I have been bowling in the last 11 years. I never even tried changing or adding any variation in my bowling. At international level I am told that four of my deliveries were reported and umpire and referee feel they need to be scrutinized.

    "They think that by watching those deliveries with the naked eye they exceed the 15-degree limit. I have to go through with the test, there is nothing complex in it and I optimistic that I should be cleared."

    Hafeez also brushed aside the perception that he was ruled out from the second Test against New Zealand due to the cloud over his action, insisting his hamstring injury had not recovered sufficiently.

    "I could have played, there was 50/50 chance for me," he said. "But on the morning of the second Test the team management decided to rest me ensure I'm 100% fit."

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  2. SwingNSeam
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    Wth why did he say I'm blessed in all facets of the game if he didn't rate his bowling.. Liar.
     
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    sour grapes much, Mr. #BlessedInAllFacets
     
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    i think he is already trying to influence his inclusion in team in case he is banned.
     
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    Next he'll say he never rated his batting, plays only as a specialist fielder
     
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    no diff between him and afridi now

    he will say iam a bowler first and this legend will say iam a batsman first.
     
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    Strange - I always rated his bowling more than his batting in LOI's.
     
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    Without his bowling he would never ever make it into the team.
     
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    He would be useless without his bowling, agreed.
    I think he is worrying too much, only 4 of his deliveries were in question, most likely he will be cleared.
     
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    Its not that Ajmal's all 150 deliveries got reported, his case was also pretty similar.

    I was initially expecting Hafeez to get away with it, but now that Ajmal's new action has also been declared illegal, I highly doubt Hafeez would get cleared. Ajmal's new action looks far more cleaner to naked eye than that of Hafeez.
     
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    He'll be useless without his bowling
     
  13. XYZ
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    Hafeez was always selected ahead of other deserving openers in ODIs/T20s because of his bowling. He was a great bowler in LOIs. Without his bowling he would not have been in the team. I would select somebody who gives a 6th bowling option or was much better bat than him.

    It is kind of like Afridi who would never get selected purely as a batsman or purely as a bowler but with him being able to do a little bit of both, he becomes a semi-valuable player.
     
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    Thats funny. We rate your bowling and not batting. Your place in the team was always secure bcz of those ten beautiful economical overs and the wickets of lefties. As a batsman he was never good enough to enter the team but his bowling coupled by his once in an inning big hundred flat track batting was keeping him in the team. without his bowling hafeez would not be able to keep his place.

    After the SA tours the thing that kept him on was his bowling.
     
  15. Energy
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    Lets cut him some slack please he's been the leading run scorer for us in ODIs over the last 4-5 years probably having more centuries than all others put together. If he's slapped with a ban it will be a massive massive loss for us going into the WC.

    I think Ajmal, Junaid, Hafeez, Irfan (hopefully not) all are going to miss the tourney for various reasons.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of him and dont think he deserves a place only as a batsman but his replacements are even worse than him.. Azhar, Younis, Asad are all poor odi batsmen than him.
     
  17. Chishti
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    So grapes are sour Mr. Hafeez?
     
  18. Energy
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    We have to be at our full strength to be competitive that's the only reason why I want him to be cleared and Junaid Khan/Irfan to remain fit.
     
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    The best A/R in our side though in Australia we only need 1 spinner and 4 seamers. I hope that spinner is Babar not Afridi
     
  20. Karachi-King
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    lol.

    if he doesnt rate his bowling then whats the point of having him in there
     

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