Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali is keen on making a comeback in the Pakistan side after being on the sidelines for the more than a year. The right-arm pacer last played for Pakistan, in a World Cup match against India, in June 2019.
Hasan Ali is a Pakistani cricketer who made his first-class debut for Sialkot in 2013. He made his international debut for Pakistan in August 2016 in ODI and was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won with Hasan Ali named player of the series after taking thirteen wickets.
Hasan Ali: Difficult Time For Sitting Out For Around 1 And 1/2 Years
Hasan Ali has remained out of action due to recurring back injuries. The Central Punjab captain also spoke about his side’s superb comeback in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where they qualified for the final despite playing poorly in initial matches and the odds stacked against them.
“Obviously it was a difficult time for me considering that I was a permanent member of the side and then suddenly had to sit out for around one and half years,” said Ali.
“I still remember the time when Sri Lanka was playing T20Is at Gaddafi Stadium and I was doing my rehab at NCA, I almost had tears in my eyes as I was unable to play for the national side. It was disappointing but this is part of life as there are ups and down in cricket.”
Central Punjab were at a stage placed at the bottom of the six-team table after the end of the fifth-round and without a single victory to their name. The defending champions made an inspirational comeback by winning four out of their last five matches and drawing the fifth to climb to the second spot on the points table with a tally of 137 points which sealed their final’s spot.
“We tried to instill self-belief in the players gave them the confidence that the team will start performing soon. The younger players had the hunger to make a name for themselves, especially after the departure of some of the senior players for New Zealand tour,” he said.
“I have been playing international cricket for the past three to four years and I applied that experience while leading the side. Thankfully, we succeeded as a unit. As a fast-bowler, I’m naturally aggressive and tried to adopt the same approach in the captaincy department as well,” he added.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at the top of the points table with 161 points with 5 wins and 1 loss in Quaid-e-Azam trophy while Central Punjab is second with 137 points. Southern Pakistan, Baluchistan, Northern Pakistan and Sindh are the other teams competing.
Hasan Ali: It’s Up To Team Management To Select Me In Squad For Upcoming South Africa Series
Hasan Ali, who already has 42 wickets in nine games averaging 18.95 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy playing for Central Punjab, also shed light on his own performance in the tournament bearing in mind the home series against South Africa comprising of 2 Tests and 3 T20Is.
“I’m trying to make a comeback in the national side so it was important that I perform well on the field as well as show that I’m completely fit,” he said.
“I’m ready to represent the national team and it’s now up to the selectors and team management as to whether they have faith in me for South Africa series. My fitness is good and I have performed well on dry pitches of Karachi, which don’t offer much help to the fast-bowlers,” he added.
He also reiterated that he is available for all three formats despite facing injuries and workload concerns.
“I’m still young and ready to play all three formats of the game. Injuries are part of a cricketer’s career and especially fast-bowlers. It is now up to the team management to decide my role in the national side,” he concluded.
26-year-old Hasan Ali has played 9 Tests, 53 ODIs and 30 T20Is where he picked 31, 82 and 35 wickets respectively. His last Test was in January 2019 while T20I and ODI match came in May-June 2019.