Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali. Credits: Getty Images

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced its central contract for 2020-21 season which will come into effect from July 1. Senior Pakistan members Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were axed from the contract list with the team’s national team chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq suggesting that the trio will be available for selection.

The contract snub inevitable for the trio for their recent dip in form. Hasan Ali made his debut in 2016 against Ireland and gained prominence in the side. He was also an integral part of the side in their 2017 Champions trophy triumph but failed to perform consistently for them in the recent years.

Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali celebrates after taking a wicket. (Credits: Twitter)

Hasan Ali: This celebration isn’t just for bowling

Hasan Ali has poor average across formats with his bat. He, however, soon after the contract snub tweeted a picture according to several users on the micro-blogging site and said ‘this celebration isn’t just for bowling’, referring to his trademark celebration style. It is unclear what Hasan Ali wanted to convey through the tweet but many guessed it was a way to vent out his frustration.

Hasan Ali later deleted the tweet.

“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move. However, Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers,” Misbhah-ul-Haq had said about the trios contract snub.

Before the snub, Hasan Ali had played nine Tests, 53 ODIs and 30 T20Is for the national team, and has been quite economical with the ball. However, frequent injuries and a poor run in the recent years have kept him out from the side.