The Pakistani spin bowler has already been suspended twice, earlier in July, 2015 and in December, 2014 for his bowling action.
This is not the first time the veteran Pakistani all-rounder has been banned from bowling in worldwide cricket. The International Cricket Council said subsequent testing at the United Kingdom's Loughborough University showed a majority of Hafeez's deliveries "exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations".
"Pursuant to Article 11.5 of the [ICC's] Regulations and with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Hafeez may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the PCB", a statement read.
Hafeez - now the No. 1 ODI all-rounder was reported during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which was played on October 18 in Abu Dhabi. Hafeez's bowling adds value to his batting, having taken 136 wickets in 195 one-day internationals. But, feels after the ICC amended the bowling laws, Hafeez should have thought about his career, especially after he was first suspended from bowling in 2014.
Hafeez can apply for another assessment test after remodelling his bowling action as per clause 4.5 of the regulations. He was suspended for a second time after an independent assessment revealed that he had an illegal bowling action after being reported in the Galle Test against Pakistan in June 2015.
One thing in Pakistan's and Hafeez's favour is a relatively light worldwide schedule. There is the possibility of a T20 series against West Indies in Pakistan in March, but otherwise they are not scheduled to play any global cricket until the tour to England in May.