Hasan Ali requested Pakistan Cricket Board to skip fitness tests
Hasan is a part of the 14 centrally contracted players for the pre-season camp.
Updated - Oct 30, 2019 5:40 pm
Hasan Ali, the Pakistan fast bowler, earlier requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to grant him leaves as his marriage comes nearer. The speedster is set to tie the knots with Indian girl Samia Arzoo, who belongs to the Mewat district of Haryana and is currently based in Dubai with her parents. The auspicious occasion will take place on August 20 at the Dubai’s Atlantis Palm Hotel.
In the meantime, the fast bowler isn’t a part of the pre-season camp, which is currently taking place at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It started from August 19 and will continue until September 7. The camp is being headed by Misbah-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain. The veteran is in charge of planning the training programme and is in being helped by the support staff at the NCA.
Hasan Ali to join camp after wedding
As far as Hasan is concerned, he told the country’s cricket board that he won’t be able to attend the fitness tests. But the pacer also said will be joining the camp after the wedding as per reports in Business Recorder. The tests were scheduled to take place on August 19 and 20 respectively. Previously, the PCB named 20 players for the camp, out of which 14 were centrally contracted.
Moreover, Hasan mentioned that the other ceremonies will take place two to three months later in Pakistan. It has also been learned that a number of Pakistan cricketers won’t be able to attend the wedding due to the training schedules. However, there’s the other way round for the players.
After a month or so, Hasan will host a walima ceremony (a traditional banquet hosted by the groom after the wedding) in Pakistan following his honeymoon. Hasan will be the fourth Pakistan cricketer after Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan and Shoaib Malik to tie the knots with an Indian woman.
Recently, Sania Mirza, Shoaib’s better-half, congratulated Hasan on the special moments. Last month, the seamer dropped a tweet on his marriage and later confirmed it, clearing the clouds. Coming to the training camp, the 17-day conditioning camp, led by Misbah, starts on August 22.
It’s mostly to prepare the cricketers for the domestic and international season. The national team will play six matches in the World Test Championship, three ODIs and nine T20Is. In domestic cricket, they will play the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the Pakistan T20 Cup and the Pakistan One Day Cup.