Earlier this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the men’s rosters for the Dutch tour and the Asia Cup, which saw some notable omissions. While veteran player Shoaib Malik found no place in the T20I side for the Asian Cup, bowler Hasan Ali was also dropped after a string of disappointing performances for the side. Uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah replaced out-of-form fast bowler Hasan in Pakistan’s squads.
“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah. He is quick express and can give further impetus to the fast bowling division, which already features Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani said chief selector Muhammad Wasim.
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Former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has now spoken in detail about Hasan’s absence from the side’s rosters. Hafeez, who shared the locker room with Hasan during his playing days, insisted the bowler needed a break after relentless performances for Pakistan, adding that the decision to rest the bowler should have been made long ago.
“Hasan is a great cricketer. I know him from his early years, he is a fighter. At certain stages in your career, when you’re not going through good form, you get mentally tired even though you want to perform. I think the management was unfair to him in that he was played in games where he could have rested,” Hafeez said. Dawn.
“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 played unnecessarily. So it was a mistake by management and even to a degree from Hasan, because when you’re young you don’t understand how important the mental aspect of the game is.”
Hafeez further stated that Hasan should make the decision at his pace and make a strong comeback.
“I think Hasan should take this positively (his absence from the Dutch tour and Asian Cup). Spend some time with his family. I’m sure the 3-4 week break will give him some much needed rest and he will come back positive. He will be more hungry. I think this decision should have been made quite early,” said the former Pakistani captain.