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Reports: Hasan Ali set to miss Australia tour following back issues

Hasan Ali is yet to recover from his back injury.

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Hasan Ali. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali’s return to International cricket via next month’s tour of Australia has been put into jeopardy after the fast bowler complained of back issues during the training session leading into the ongoing domestic Twenty20 competition: National T20 Cup.

Hasan Ali, who was dropped midway through the 2019 World Cup after he became the first Pakistan bowler to notch up the most expensive figures (1-84 in nine overs versus India, Old Trafford) in a World Cup game, hasn’t featured in any International game since then. 

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Hasan Ali not yet recovered

A source in the National Cricket Academy, Karachi said that Hasan Ali is still nursing issues in his back and has not yet fully recovered from the injury ruling out any immediate return to competitive cricket. The source also noted that the bowler hasn’t been participating in gym or bowling training sessions and despite the specialists keeping a regular check, there seems to be no improvement in Ali’s condition.

“He is as yet nursing torment in his back and has not yet recovered completely to compete in competitive cricket. Right now Hasan isn’t participating in the gym training and bowling training and the specialists connected with him are checking on his condition after at regular intervals. There is no improvement in his condition despite everything he needs treatment and rehabilitation.” said a source in the National Cricket Academy as quoted by Geo.tv.

The 25-year-old pacer, who recently got married to an Indian girl Shamia Arzoo in a glitzy ceremony in Dubai, missed out on the recently concluded 3-match ODI and Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka and is all-but set to be dropped from the tour of Down Under, starting next month.

Pakistan will tour Australia for three Twenty20 Internationals followed by two Test matches. The Test series will be a part of the ongoing ICC Test championship and it will be the visitor’s first taste of the competition. Pakistan will announce their respective T20I and Test squads next week. Azhar Ali will lead the Test side while Babar Azam will spearhead the T20I outfit.

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