Pakistan are handed a huge blow as their pacer Hasan Ali has been ruled out of the upcoming two home Tests against Sri Lanka with a rib fracture, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the news on Friday (November 29). Hasan, who was expected to turn up for the ninth round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for Central Punjab against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa last week has now made himself unavailable for the contest after picking up pain on the left rib.
The fast bowler had then undergone precautionary scans in Karachi and the medical reports disclosed cortical rib fractures. It should be noted that the injury will now take at least six weeks to heal and he will start his rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Pakistan find themselves on the receiving end on Day 1 of pink-ball Test
Pakistan are currently playing Tests in Australia. The hosts won the match by an innings and 5 runs. They are still alive in the series playing the decider. However, Australia started the match on a resounding note as they dominated the Pakistani bowlers on the opening day of the pink-ball affair at Adelaide Oval.
They have scored 302/1 in 73 overs with David Warner batting on 166 (19 fours) and Marnus Labuschagne batting on 126 (17 fours). Pakistan will invite a nation for the first time in the longest format in over a decade. The first Test starts in Rawalpindi on December 11 with the second game scheduled to be played on December 19.