Pakistan all-rounder Bilal Asif has been reported for an illegal bowling action after the 3rd ODI against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut in the second ODI against Zimbabwe, took 5 wickets for 25 in the 3rd and final ODI. He also opened the batting for Pakistan and scored 38 off 39 balls. His innings included 6 boundaries and a six.
Strangely, there was no report of suspected action after his debut match, though he remained wicket-less in the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe second ODI and got out for a duck.
Bilal Asif was supposed to make a T20i debut as well but he was not made the part of playing 11 for both T2ois against Zimbabwe.
The all-rounder will now have to go through a bowling action test within two weeks time. During this time, he will be allowed to bowl.
This is not the first time Pakistan is facing such an issue. Earlier, bowlers like Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez have faced ban for illegal bowling action. All of these bowlers were cleared by PCB to bowl and they have been playing domestic cricket as well.
PCB has confirmed that they have received a notification from ICC – International Cricket Council about his suspected bowling action.