Bilal Asif: Pakistan off-spinner's bowling action cleared by ICC

Bilal Asif
Bilal Asif was reported after the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare

Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif can continue his international career after the International Cricket Council found his bowling action to be legal.

The 30-year-old was reported for a suspect action following his second one-day international appearance against Zimbabwe earlier this month.

Asif was recently called up to the Pakistan Test squad but did not play in the second Test win against England.

Uncapped in Tests, he has only appeared in those two ODIs for his country.

However, pace bowler Imran Khan's injury could mean a Test debut in the final Test at Sharjah on Sunday if Pakistan select him as a third front-line spinner.

Asif's action was independently tested in Chennai, India, but all of his deliveries were found to be within the 15-degree level of elbow extension permitted by the ICC.

Off-spinners under ICC scrutiny
Marlon SamuelsWest IndiesReported in November 2013; cleared in December (but banned from bowling quicker deliveries); reported again in October 2015
Shane ShillingfordWest IndiesReported in November 2013; suspended in December; cleared to return in March 2014 (but banned from bowling doosra)
Sachithra SenanayakeSri LankaReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandReported in June 2014; suspended in July; cleared to return in December
Saeed AjmalPakistanReported in August 2014; suspended in September; cleared to return in February 2015
Prosper UtseyaZimbabweReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to bowl seam in December (but banned from bowling off-spin)
Sohag GaziBangladeshReported in August 2014; suspended in October; cleared to return in February 2015
Malcolm WallerZimbabweReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in August 2015
Mohammad HafeezPakistanReported in November 2014; suspended in December; cleared to return in April 2015; reported again in June; banned for 12 months in July
Bilal AsifPakistanReported in October 2015; cleared in same month

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