The 25-year-old Pakistan right-arm pacer Hasan Ali is currently in the rehabilitation process, but he can return to the game without undergoing surgery if he continuously responds well.
Hasan Ali is suffering from a back injury in the last few years. Due to this issue, he missed out the last Australia tour in late last year. Though he returned to the game during the PSL 2020, it was initially expected that he had to undergo surgery before his resumption in international cricket.
Last week, Hasan was present during the online rehabilitation session, where Lahore-based neurosurgeon Asif Bashir, Australia’s leading spinal therapist Professor Peter O’Sullivan and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical team supervised him. They were satisfied with his early condition.
PCB Director – Medical and Sports Sciences, Dr Sohail Saleem said, “Hasan Ali picking up injuries around the same area twice in less than a year was not a normal thing. Consequently, we consulted some of the best and most experienced specialists and it is heartening to hear their feedback following the opening online rehabilitation session in which Hasan showed no signs of symptomatic regression.
However, they feel that further rehabilitation process requires for the next five weeks before taking any final decision. The PCB is hopeful that Hasan will return to the game robust without undergoing any surgery.
Dr Saleem added, “However, these are early days of his rehabilitation programme and we will continue to monitor his progress for the next five weeks before collectively making future decisions. But one thing is for certain, he is under the treatment of the very best in the business and hopefully, he will return fitter and stronger to competitive cricket without any surgery.”
Hasan Ali is one of our assets: PCB CEO
Hasan played his last game for the Pakistan national cricket team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (against India at Manchester on 16th June 2019).
Recently, while the PCB announced the central contract for the 2020/21 season, Hasan missed out the offer. However, the PCB CEO Wasim Khan has clarified that the pacer is still a crucial member of the national team.
Khan claimed, “Hasan Ali is one of our assets and heroes of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 victory. It is the PCB’s responsibility to look after him during these difficult times so that he focuses and works solely on his fitness.”
After his international debut in August 2016, Hasan Ali has played nine Tests, 53 ODIs and 30 T20Is where the right-arm medium-fast has taken 31, 82 and 35 wickets respectively.
While Pakistan won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title in 2017 edition, Hasan won the Player of the Tournament trophy after finishing as the leading wicket-taker (13 wickets).