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Mohammad Hafeez cleared to resume bowling

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is free to resume bowling in international cricket after remedial work and a re-test on his action.

Off-spinner Hafeez is free to resume bowling. Credit: Reuters

Off-spinner Hafeez, 34, was banned from bowling after being reported for a suspect action five months ago in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and then failing an initial test on its legality.

He was therefore unable to be selected to bowl in the World Cup, but injured his calf anyway and was ruled out of the global tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Hafeez played as a specialist batsman in Pakistan's one-day international defeat against Bangladesh on Sunday, making a duck at number three in the defeat in Dhaka.

But after the International Cricket Council confirmed his action has been proven legal in Chennai this month, Hafeez can bowl again for his country.

Javeria Khan, an all-rounder in Pakistan's women's team, has also had her action cleared - almost five years after it was first reported and then failed an initial ICC test.


Man City approach agent over former Chelsea winger

Man City want to bring De Bruyne back to England. Credit: PA

Man City have been in touch with Kevin de Bruyne's agent about bringing the former Chelsea winger back to the Premier League.

De Bruyne has been in scintillating form for Wolfsburg this season, scoring 15 Bundesliga goals and providing an astonishing 26 assists.

Speaking to the Guardian, De Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster said:

I have met the people from Man City and we know each other. I’ve never spoken to anyone from Manchester United but a lot of other clubs have been in touch to find out some general information.

I think with the season Kevin has had if we didn’t have these questions then there would be something wrong. I saw [Mino] Raiola’s quotes about taking 20 phone calls a day regarding Paul Pogba and it’s the same situation for me and probably for the agent of Memphis Depay at the moment.

– Kevin de Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster

Owen Farrell agrees new long term Saracens deal

Farrell has signed on the dotted line. Credit: PA

Saracens have announced that England international fly-half Owen Farrell has signed a "long-term contract extension" with the Premiership club.

Farrell, 23, has clocked up more than 100 appearances for Saracens since making his first team debut in 2008.

Farrell made his comeback from a knee injury in last Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final clash against Clermont Auvergne. He had been sidelined since January.

David Silva returns to training at Man City

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has returned to training, the club have reported.

Thankfully Silva's injury isn't as bad as first feared. Credit: PA

Silva looked to have been seriously injured on Sunday when he was caught in the face by an elbow from West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Spain international received around eight minutes of treatment on the field at the Etihad Stadium before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for examination.

But tests revealed the 29-year-old had suffered no fractures and the club were hopeful he could make swift return to action.

That could now be possible with Silva pictured giving cameras a thumbs-up gesture as he returned to training on Tuesday, although he will continue to be monitored this week.


Aston Villa and Reading charged for crowd trouble

Villa fans invade the pitch after beating rivals West Brom in the quarter-finals. Credit: PA

Aston Villa and Reading have been charged in relation to crowd disturbances occurring after their FA Cup quarter-final matches, the Football Association has announced.

It is alleged that Villa and Reading failed to prevent spectators encroaching on the pitch following the clubs' sixth-round victories against West Brom and Bradford respectively.

Both clubs have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Angel Di Maria revels new Man United inspired tattoo

The winger got his Man United number tattooed on his arm. Credit: @elangelito22

Angel Di Maria has done his best to end any summer transfer speculation by getting the number '7' he wears at Man United permanently inked on his arm.

The Argentine winger has been linked with a big money move to PSG this season despite having joined the Red Devils less than 12 months ago for a British record £59.7m.

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