I have lost track of the number of times Mohammed Hafeez has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. I, however, remember the first time when he was banned from bowling due to his bowling action. I guess it was way back in 2005 or 2006 when he was reported first. He has faced plenty of suspensions since then and although he gets cleared every now and then, because of those suspensions, he has been unable to bowl in a number of matches. It has affected his bowling career a lot.
He was recently banned again in August last year while playing with Middlesex against Somerset in T20 Blast in England. Since then, he hasn't been able to bowl in international cricket. He, however, did bowl in domestic matches in Pakistan. He was sent for an assessment test at Loughborough University. The findings of the test showed that his elbow extended beyond the 15-degree limit. He was immediately banned by ECB following the results of the test.
He has now been cleared by LUMS University, Lahore and he can bowl now. It means that he will be available as a bowling option for Pakistan's upcoming tour of England. This will obviously be a great advantage for Pakistan as Hafeez has troubled many left-handers in the past. Also, England play with 2-3 left-handers in their team, so Hafeez will be very crucial during that tour.