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Blow to Pakistan as Hasan ruled out of first Test

Updated Apr 21, 2017 11:45am


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LAHORE: Already struggling in the bowling department, Pakistan suffered a big blow on Thursday when upcoming paceman Hasan Ali was ruled out of the first Test against West Indies due to injury.

The first Test of the three-match series is scheduled to begin in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.

A press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday categorically said the 23-year-old Hasan was still recovering from his adductor muscle injury in the groin giving him no chance to play the first Test.

“Hasan Ali has been recovering well and is on track with his recovery from his adductor muscle injury in the groin. He has been committed to rehabilitation and we are happy with his progress to date. He will make a successful return to full training over the coming days, and regain appropriate match fitness to return to play,” the PCB press release stated.

It is important to note there that the Pakistan camp is already worried over the poor form of their frontline pacers — Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir — during the ongoing tour of the West Indies. Furthermore, head coach Mickey Arthur’s request for pacer Rahat Ali has been turned down by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Alarming for Pakistan is their mediocre show in the three-day practice match against an ordinary-looking West Indies President XI that ended in Jamaica earlier this week. The touring team’s bowlers were mauled by President’s XI batsmen who piled up a first-innings total of 419 and then again did well in the second innings to end the proceedings at a solid 152-2 in the drawn tie.

The President XI bowlers also fared impressively dismissing a full-strength Pakistan for a paltry 192 in their only innings of the match.

Published in Dawn, April 21st, 2017


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Comments (8) Closed

Amir Apr 21, 2017 01:29pm

Give chance to new bowlers and batsmans. I was disappointed to see Sarfaraz not giving chance to new batsmans in the ODI's.

It is the same old mentality to keep on playing the batsmans who will not offer any threat to Sarfaraz own place in the team. First it was Misbah who was not willing to give chance to new players and now it is Sarfaraz even It seems like he is worst than the oldie.

vikas Apr 21, 2017 01:30pm

Who is Hassan? Pakistan is getting all new players all the time and no consistency in its team for a period. With every other team one remembers the team and generally by its batting order. With no consistency in the order I feel difficult to remember players.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:22pm

Bad luck for the young and upcoming fast bowler Hasan Ali and his team that owing to groin injury, his services for the team will not be available in the first test match against the West Indies starting from today at Kingston, Jamaica.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 02:25pm

Give him high protein and quick digesting diet on regular basis.

Marata Apr 21, 2017 04:45pm

When he is ruled out of the Test it mean that he will be not fit in the Last 2 test as well, Please replace Hassan Ali with Rahat Ali, Hassan is also not good for test Bowling, Rahat will be very good replacement

MEA Apr 21, 2017 06:03pm

@Marata well said. Rahat Ali is a perfect test player; he should have been placed into the Pak xi.

syed Apr 21, 2017 06:56pm

@Amir probably you were not aware that Sarfaraz needed to win this ODI tournament so Pakistan could qualify for Wold Cup. So he could not take chance on new batsmen an bowlers. Shadab and Hassan Ali were new players.Morover Sarfaraz is from Karachi. Karachi players are given opportunity only when everybody else fails and the team is on 8th position in ranking. So Amir please chil and grow up before opening your immature mouth

hassan Apr 21, 2017 07:07pm

right arm replacement should be right arm, where is Sohail khan or mohammed sami