Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali
Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

The men’s squads for the Asia Cup and the Netherlands tour were unveiled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier this week, with a few conspicuous absences. Veteran player Shoaib Malik was left off the T20I team for the Asia Cup, and bowler Hasan Ali was also dropped after a spate of subpar performances.

Hasan, Pakistan’s out-of-form fast bowler, was replaced in the teams by uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah.

Mohammad Hafeez, a former cricketer for Pakistan, has now elaborated on Hasan’s exclusion from the team.

Hasan Ali
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Hasan Ali Is A Fighter: Mohammad Hafeez

The bowler needed a break after making numerous appearances for Pakistan, insisted Hafeez, who shared a dressing room with Hasan when he was playing. He also stated that the choice to rest the bowler should have been made by Pakistan a lot earlier.

“Hasan is a wonderful cricketer. I know him from his early years, he is a fighter. At certain stages in your career, when you are not going through the good form, you get mentally tired, even though you want to perform. I think the management was unfair to him in the sense that he was played in matches where he could’ve been rested,” Hafeez told Dawn.

Hasan Ali[photo: Twitter]
“The selection committee and team management decided to play him in every game, and mentally, he was not ready for that pressure. He didn’t get the gap he wanted. I think he was unnecessarily being played. So, it was a mistake from the management and even from Hasan to an extent. Because when you are young, you don’t understand how important the mental aspect of the game is”, he added.

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