In what comes as a setback for the Pakistan Men’s Cricket team, pace bowler Hasan Ali has been sidelined from the first match of the three-match T20I series of Pakistan versus England. It has been done as a precautionary measure after Ali picked up a strain in his left leg during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Pakistan and England are set to play their first T20I today (July 16) at Trent Bridge. The fast bowler will now be assessed ahead of the second T20I, following which a decision on his participation will be made. The second T20I will take place on July 18.
Hasan Ali played all the games of Pakistan versus England three-match ODI series, which the tourists lost 3-0. Although he did not give an impactful performance in the first and the third ODI, he delivered a reliable performance in the second ODI. The pacer clinched his first fifer since 2017, conceding 51 runs only. He also gave a handy performance with the bat, scoring 31 runs off 17 deliveries.
He has had an injury laced career. Before his last fifer, the bowler was out of action for over a year owing due to a back injury. After returning to action post-recovery, he had to miss the field for another 20 months, this time to a groin injury.
Speaking of the Pakistan team, they would be looking to put an end to their losing streak after getting white-washed by a second-string England team. However, their campaign has already started getting roadblocks after Hasan Ali was rested and it still remains unclear whether he will join the squad for the remaining matches.
Furthermore, England is also back to full strength with the return of skipper Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, and Jos Buttler and four others, who have completed their isolation period after seven members of the side tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the ODI series.