Hasan Ali dropped from Pakistan squads for Asia Cup and Netherlands ODI series

Hasan Ali has been dropped from both the Pakistan squad for the ODI series in the Netherlands and the Asian Cup T20Is later this month. Naseem Shah has been mentioned in both squadrons. Shaheen Shah Afridi, who missed the second test in Sri Lanka last month due to a knee injury, has been included in both squads, with a PCB statement stating: “his rehabilitation program will be monitored by the team coach and physiotherapist, who will also decide on his return to international cricket”.

Babar Azam will remain in charge of both lineups, with Shadab Khan as his deputy.

Hasan’s all-format form has been mediocre at best this past year, with his T20I bowling strike rate to 23.2; he took eight wickets in nine matches during this period. In the three ODIs he played in the past 12 months – all at home between March and June this year – he averaged 76.50 with the ball, taking a total of two wickets. Earlier this year in the PSL, he had a bowling average of 40.55 and an economy rate of 10.84 as he took nine wickets in nine games for Islamabad United.

It’s been a downward spiral for Hasan since last year’s T20 World Cup, where he dropped a catch that, potentially, could have helped Pakistan win the semi-final over Australia. He finished the tournament with five wicket in six bowling innings, with an average of 41.40 and an economy rate of 9.00.

Naseem, who has never played ODIs or T20Is, has replaced Hasan after a solid performance in the two Tests in Sri Lanka last month when he took seven wickets from unhelpful pitches. Naseem struggled with fitness issues until recently, but has come back stronger.

The selectors have also kept their faith in PSL sensational Mohammad Haris, the wicketkeeper batter, for the ODIs. He made his home series debut against the West Indies in June, but failed both times he had a chance to strike, scoring 6 and 0 from middle order.

However, he has been identified as Mohammad Rizwan’s backup behind the stumps, which will likely bring more opportunities, at least in the short term. Haris shot to fame on PSL 7, scoring 166 runs in five innings with a strike rate of over 185 for Peshawar Zalmi. In last year’s 50-over Pakistan Cup, he scored 289 runs in eight innings with an average of 41.28 and a strike rate of over 100 for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The selected players will gather in Lahore on August 6 for a six-day training camp. The ODI side will depart for Amsterdam in the early hours of August 12 for the three-ODI series – the matches are on August 16, 18 and 21, all in Rotterdam – and the T20I specialists will reach Dubai on August 22, where they are joined by the T20I members of the ODI squad.

More to follow…

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