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    "I am a fighter & that is my nature, and I will be back in form very soon for Pakistan" : Hassan Ali

    Known more for his variations than raw pace, fast-bowler Hassan Ali has become a crucial part of the Pakistan bowling arsenal ever since his international debut in 2016. Whilst his career has seen some extraordinary highs in the shape of being named the Man of the Tournament for scripting Pakistan's victory in the 2017 Champions Trophy, he has also suffered his fair share of career-threatening injuries, but true to his character, has made spectacular comebacks in all formats.

    Currently playing for Lancashire in the County Championship, Hassan spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about what he expects to learn from his Lancashire team-mate James Anderson, his experience of interactions with fast-bowling coaches Vernon Philander and Shaun Tait, his determination to answer his critics, what he admires about Shaheen Shah Afridi and his future aspirations.





    PakPassion.net: How does it feel to be playing for Lancashire in the County Championship?

    Hassan Ali:
    Playing for Lancashire is a great honour for me, and I would like to thank the team management for providing me this opportunity to play and experience county cricket. This is a team for which the legendary Wasim Akram along with Junaid Khan and Yasir Arafat have all played and for me to follow in their footsteps is indeed a huge achievement.


    PakPassion.net: How important is playing county cricket for you?

    Hassan Ali:
    I had always been told that you can improve by playing county cricket so I am very pleased that I have had this chance with Lancashire, and I am sure it will be good for my professional development and future career.


    PakPassion.net: Have you had a chance to speak with James Anderson yet and what do you think you can learn from such a legend of the game?

    Hassan Ali:
    I am really looking forward to the opportunity of speaking in detail to such a legend and hopefully apply his advice to improve my bowling in the future. What I really wish to learn from him is about his mindset as a bowler, how he goes about preparing for games and most importantly, technical aspects about seaming the ball both ways and the way in which he bowls the wobble seam delivery as well. His ability to put in the hard yards so consistently after playing cricket for so many years speaks volumes about his mindset, and I will be looking to discover the secret behind that and hopefully he will share some insights with me about these aspects of his game.




    PakPassion.net: Vernon Philander feels that you are one of the hardest working cricketers he has ever worked withÖ

    Hassan Ali:
    Everyone knows Vernon Philander as one of the best South African cricketers to have played for his country and his past performances are proof of that fact. As far as I am concerned, hard work is something which is under my control and that is all I can do but I do know that when you put in the extra effort, good performances follow after that. I feel that comments such as those from Vernon are what makes a player work harder and creates a hunger to succeed.


    PakPassion.net: Your thoughts on Pakistanís 2021 ICC T20 World Cup campaign?

    Hassan Ali:
    I feel we played really well as a team during the T20 World Cup but unfortunately could not get to the final of the tournament. But then this is what is cricket is all about as sometimes you win and at other times you lose. But we all feel proud of our performances during this tournament, and this is also something which everyone, including ex-cricketers and experts, have appreciated as well.


    PakPassion.net: Does ďthatĒ dropped catch in the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup still hurt or have you got over it?

    Hassan Ali:
    That dropped catch in the semi-final against Australia did give me nightmares for a couple of nights. I was in deep shock and felt very low for letting the side down at that point and couldnít figure out how and why I dropped that catch. Especially given that as an individual and a team we trained very hard on our fielding so it was a tough pill to swallow for me but as a professional I do know that such things can happen again, just like dropped catches have happened in the past as well. Of course, for me itís more painful because I feel that people have started to hate me and started believing that I am incapable of playing for Pakistan. Obviously, this would have been a different story had I held on to that catch but that is the past and no one can change that. All I know is that as a professional, I have to move on which I have done, but it will be difficult for me to forget that and whether I like it or not, this tag will remain with me forever. But then this is the strange thing about cricket because in our practice sessions during that tournament, I caught close to 500 catches without dropping any! Of course, there is no guarantee that I will take all my catches in the future, but what I can assure everyone is that I will continue to work hard on all aspects of my game.


    PakPassion.net: What advice did Pakistanís current fast-bowling coach, Shaun Tait, give to you during the recently concluded series against Australia?

    Hassan Ali:
    I have had a chance to interact with Shaun during the series against Australia and as you can imagine, that is not enough time to make any meaningful changes. He is a great person to work with and I do have experience of sharing a dressing room with him in the 2016 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where I was an emerging player for Peshawar Zalmi and he played 9 games for our side. Even at that time, we had some conversations about bowling and what I really liked about him was that he was a straight-up guy and also kept things very simple as well when talking about cricket. What he believes in is that when you do your basics right then you will be able to perform better in the field. At this point, he has just been with us during Australiaís tour of Pakistan so letís hope things go well for him in the future as our fast-bowling coach.


    PakPassion.net: How do you respond to those who feel that you need to focus only on red-ball cricket?

    Hassan Ali:
    Personally speaking, I do like Test cricket as I feel that it really is a true test of a cricketerís abilities. However, having said that what I would like to ask those who question my performances in the shorter formats of the game is simply this, why should I only focus on red-ball cricket? If one looks at my last ODI series before the Australia one, I had a 5fer to my name against England at Lordís. In the previous year, I had the most T20 wickets for Pakistan and then I was the Player of the Match in the last match of the T20I series against Bangladesh. So how can one, based on my performance in one series against Australia, claim that I am done as a white-ball player and that my career has ended in the shorter formats?




    PakPassion.net: Tell us how you have managed to confound your critics by making comebacks after what appear to be serious injuries and other setbacks?

    Hassan Ali:
    Injuries and other setbacks aside, let me remind you that when I was injured before, stuff was said about my personal life, comments were made about my marriage and my wife, and I faced all sorts of criticism on social media and in mainstream media as well. But I did not let such comments deter me from my goals. I always knew that until The Almighty gave me strength, all these were temporary setbacks and that I would regain my good form. I even suffered an embarrassment of not being offered a central contract in 2020, citing the uncertainty around my fitness as a reason. So, I went through a lot and made a comeback which is why itís funny when people are willing to write me off as a white-ball player based upon one or two below-par performances.

    Let me assure those who doubt whether I can be effective in the white-ball formats or am not suitable to play for Pakistan that I will not let that happen Ė I am a fighter and that is my nature, and I will be back in form very soon for Pakistan. I have never shied away from hard work and never failed even one fitness test for the Pakistan side. I was kept away from international cricket for 20 months due to a slipped disc, but I came back from this setback and did so with the red-ball. This was even more commendable as I have seen that some cricketers have retired from specific formats to reduce chance of injury or to prolong their careers.


    PakPassion.net: Do you feel that you have been unfairly targeted for criticism?

    Hassan Ali:
    Look everyone has a right to express their point of view and they can say what they like about me but as I have always said, such things donít bother me at all. But just because someone says something negative on social media does not mean that my career can end like that. Someone who is a team man, who plays for his nation and can even put his life on the line for his country will not let such criticism stop him for serving his nation. I know that when I dropped that catch in the ICC T20 World Cup, there were many people who came out to support me as well and I will be forever thankful for their support. In fact, almost all sports journalists backed me during that time, and I got messages of support from prominent experts as well. To be honest, I actually feel proud that I have such support and love and that many people in Pakistan appreciate my efforts. I will never let negativity from my critics effect my game as I play for my country and my family. In fact, the criticism is something that makes we want to try even harder and perform better.


    PakPassion.net: What have you learnt from playing against a tough opponent like Australia during their tour of Pakistan?

    Hassan Ali:
    Whilst the recent red and white ball series against Australia were tough, we are also glad that they visited Pakistan after an absence of 24 years and showed their skills in front of our home crowds. There were times during that Test series that we dominated the visitors but unfortunately, we lost that series. I had said before the start of Australiaís tour of Pakistan that I would be very pleased if a full-strength squad comes to our country because that is the only way we will be able to judge our strengths and abilities. Thankfully that did happen, and this helped our team develop immensely because we learnt a lot about our own abilities and most importantly, understood what it takes to compete against a top-quality team. Hopefully we will apply whatever learnings we got from playing at home against Australia in our future games and we will see a positive effect in our results.


    PakPassion.net: What are your thoughts regarding the benefits of departmental as opposed to region-based domestic cricket?

    Hassan Ali:
    Before we delve into which system is the best, we must first understand what we need to improve our cricket. Whoever is looking into this matter, whether they are politicians or PCB administrators, they all need to figure out how to make things better for our cricket and how to improve the quality of our talent pool. As far as department cricket is concerned, this system was helping run many households belonging to cricketers in Pakistan. On top of that, whoever was involved in department teams had some aspirations to play for those departments and earn their livelihood and then to find a place in the national side as well. We had a lot of departmental and regional teams before, and I feel that having more teams and therefore more cricket, would be beneficial for Pakistan.

    We have a population of over 220 million so having just 6 First-class teams does not fit our requirements, in my view. What we have now is that many players have left the game or supplementing their income with menial jobs. Some of the players have even gone to the USA to play cricket which clearly tells you that there are less opportunities for playing cricket in Pakistan. When we have more competitive cricket in Pakistan then the better it will be for us. As you will recall, someone like Usman Khan Shinwari was playing for a department when he took a 5fer in his T20I debut series for Pakistan against Sri Lanka so there was an advantage of the old structure. I feel that instead of a complete overhaul, some basic changes to the current structure can be made to improve the situation so for example, 6 regional teams can be increased to 10 or more and to ask departments to form their teams again, which will result in many more cricketers getting a chance to play. When that happens, Pakistan cricket will see much more talent emerge which can only benefit our game. I should also mention the fact that with more international sides like Australia visiting us in the future, the enthusiasm for the game will grow even further as youngsters will be inspired by seeing their local stars compete against top talent from around the world.




    PakPassion.net: Whatís it like bowling alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi?

    Hassan Ali:
    In all the cricket I have played so far, I have yet to see a finer sportsman than Shaheen Shah Afridi. He is an exceptional bowler; he is fit and runs in hard regardless of the match situation and gets wickets for his country. I see a hunger to succeed in his eyes and a passion to perform to his best and to me he is the fittest man in Pakistan who can bowl and field with the same enthusiasm all day long. After a long time in Pakistan cricket, we are witnessing a brilliant talent in the shape of Shaheen Shah Afridi. He doesnít need any on-field advice as he knows exactly what to do as we can see from his performances. I consider myself to be his best well-wisher and pray that he continues to perform in the same way he is doing now and will be the reason for many of our victories in the future which will hopefully include an ICC event as well.


    PakPassion.net: What future targets and areas of improvements are you setting for yourself?

    Hassan Ali:
    I donít set myself huge targets instead I look to make small gains, but my main aim is to ensure that I perform well in whatever game I play. It does not matter if itís at the club or academy level, or at the County level for Lancashire or if itís for my country Ė each game will always get my best possible attention. Regardless of what targets I set for myself, the main aim is to remain fit as there is a lot of cricket coming up for me and to perform at an optimal level requires me to be at my fittest. The ultimate aim is not only to play for Pakistan but to take wickets for Pakistan in the future in the same way I have done in the past.


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    In Australia's first tour to the country in 24 years, Pakistan endured a disappointing 0-1 loss to the visitors in the Test series earlier this year. After two dull draws in Rawalpindi and Karachi, Australia defeated the hosts by 115 runs in Lahore to clinch the series. Pakistan did beat the Aussies 2-1 in the ODI series before facing a defeat in the one-off T20I against the visiting side. The tour marked Australia and Pakistan meeting for the first time since the semi-final of the T20 World Cup last year as well, where the Aussies had defeated the side to reach the title clash.

    Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali had infamously dropped Matthew Wade in the 19th over of the run-chase, as Australia had reached the 177-run target with an over to spare. Ali faced significant backlash on social media following the incident, but continues to be part of the side. During Australia's tour to the country earlier this year, Ali was part of the squad in all formats, but made scattered appearances.

    While he took 2 wickets in the Test series (playing in 2 matches), he remained wicketless in the only ODI he played in Lahore. In the T20, he registered figures of 0/30.

    Currently, Hasan Ali is representing Lancashire in the English County Championships and the Pakistan star, in an interview, opened up on the dropped catch in the T20 WC last year.

    “That dropped catch in the semi-final against Australia did give me nightmares for a couple of nights. I was in deep shock and felt very low for letting the side down at that point and couldn’t figure out how and why I dropped that catch. Especially given that as an individual and a team we trained very hard on our fielding so it was a tough pill to swallow for me but as a professional I do know that such things can happen again, just like dropped catches have happened in the past as well,” Ali told Pakistan's cricket website PakPassion.

    The 27-year-old fast bowler further revealed he feels people “hate” him, but added that he will continue to work on his game.

    “Of course, for me it’s more painful because I feel that people have started to hate me and started believing that I am incapable of playing for Pakistan. Obviously, this would have been a different story had I held on to that catch but that is the past and no one can change that,” said Hasan.

    "All I know is that as a professional, I have to move on which I have done, but it will be difficult for me to forget that and whether I like it or not, this tag will remain with me forever. But then this is the strange thing about cricket because in our practice sessions during that tournament, I caught close to 500 catches without dropping any!

    “Of course, there is no guarantee that I will take all my catches in the future, but what I can assure everyone is that I will continue to work hard on all aspects of my game.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...704984727.html


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    What a fighter!!! Failed 8 matches in T20 World Cup followed by Australia test and 1 off ODI.

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    Heís starting to become a domestic level bully now

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    Action speak louder than words.

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    He needs to start performing for pakistan and becoming consistent

    Cut out the theatrics and start bowling well Pakistan cant afford to carry a bowler that blows hot and cold like him all the time

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    This county stint will do him wonders. Looks like a different bowler compared to recent international form

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    ISLAMABAD: Amidst growing voices from the sport’s fraternity for restoration of departmental cricket, Pakistan fast-bower Hasan Ali feels that some basic changes to the current structure can help put Pakistan cricket back on track.

    “I feel that instead of a complete overhaul, some basic changes to the current structure can be made to improve the situation.

    “So for example, six regional teams can be increased to ten or more and to ask departments to form their teams again, which will result in many more cricketers getting a chance to play,” Hasan told pakpassion.net in an interview.

    “When that happens, Pakistan cricket will see much more talent emerge which can only benefit our game.”

    According to Hasan, before delving into which system is the best, there is a need to understand what should be done to improve Pakistan cricket. “Whoever is looking into this matter, whether they are politicians or PCB administrators, they all need to figure out how to make things better for our cricket and how to improve the quality of our talent pool.”

    He said the departmental system was helping run many households belonging to cricketers in Pakistan. “On top of that, whoever was involved in department teams had some aspirations to play for those departments and earn their livelihood and then to find a place in the national side as well.

    “We had a lot of departmental and regional teams before, and I feel that having more teams and therefore more cricket, would be beneficial for Pakistan,” he maintained.

    He said Pakistan had a population of over 220 million so having just six First-class teams was not fit. “What we have now is that many players have left the game or supplementing their income with menial jobs. Some of the players have even gone to the USA to play cricket which clearly tells you that there are less opportunities for playing cricket in Pakistan.

    He said when more international sides like Australia visit Pakistan in the future, the enthusiasm for the game would grow further. “Youngsters will be inspired by seeing their local stars compete against top talent from around the world,” he added.

    The 27-year-old Hasan is currently playing for Lancashire County Cricket Club in the County Championship 2022, and he has been outstanding in the event so far, claiming five wickets in the inaugural match. He picked up six scalps in the first innings of the second match against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and in the second innings, his bowling became talk of the town when he removed James Bracey on a searing Yorker, breaking the middle stump in two.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/925529/som...ion-hasan-ali/


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    LAHORE – Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali has said that the solution of growing voices from the sports fraternity for restoration of departmental cricket is some basic changes to the current structure that can help put Pakistan cricket back on track.

    “I feel that instead of a complete overhaul, some basic changes to the current structure can be made to improve the situation. For example, six regional teams can be increased to 10 or more and to ask departments to form their teams again, which will result in many more cricketers getting a chance to play,” Hasan told pakpassion.net in an interview. “When that happens, Pakistan cricket will see much more talent emerge which can only benefit our game.”

    According to Hasan, before delving into which system is the best, there is a need to understand what should be done to improve Pakistan cricket. “Whoever is looking into this matter, whether they are politicians or PCB administrators, they all need to figure out how to make things better for our cricket and how to improve the quality of our talent pool.”

    He said the departmental system was helping run many households belonging to cricketers in Pakistan. “On top of that, whoever was involved in department teams had some aspirations to play for those departments and earn their livelihood and then to find a place in the national side as well. “We had a lot of departmental and regional teams before, and I feel that having more teams and therefore more cricket, would be beneficial for Pakistan,” he added.

    He said Pakistan had a population of over 220 million so having just six first-class teams was not fit. “What we have now is that many players have left the game or supplementing their income with menial jobs. Some of the players have even gone to the USA to play cricket which clearly tells you that there are less opportunities for playing cricket in Pakistan.

    He said when more international sides like Australia visit Pakistan in the future, the enthusiasm for the game would grow further. “Youngsters will be inspired by seeing their local stars compete against top talent from around the world,” he added.

    The 27-year-old Hasan is currently playing for Lancashire County Cricket Club in the County Championship 2022, and he has been outstanding in the event so far, claiming five wickets in the inaugural match. He picked up six scalps in the first innings of the second match against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and in the second innings, his bowling became talk of the town when he removed James Bracey on a searing Yorker, breaking the middle stump in two.

    When asked about his future targets and areas of improvements, Hasan replied: “I don’t set myself huge targets instead I look to make small gains, but my main aim is to ensure that I perform well in whatever game I play. It does not matter if it’s at the club or academy level, or at the County level for Lancashire or if it’s for my country – each game will always get my best possible attention.

    “Regardless of what targets I set for myself, the main aim is to remain fit as there is a lot of cricket coming up for me and to perform at an optimal level requires me to be at my fittest. My ultimate aim is to play for Pakistan and take wickets in the same way I have done in the past,” he asserted.

    https://nation.com.pk/2022/04/26/som...ket-hasan-ali/


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    Sensible comments from Hasan on Departments. Departments provide livelihoods and and opportunities to earn for many cricketers. Misbah had the same observations.

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    Hassan has struggled in T20iís. He has been the weak link in the T20 side. However he has been effective in test and four day cricket. He should focus on a test career but should not be selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia as the pitches do not suit his bowling style.

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    Saqlain Mushtaq:

    “Hassan Ali is a match-winning player and he has proved it with his performances. He was a little fatigued earlier but now is fresh and ready to go"


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    It is a testament to the depleted resources of Pakistan fast bowling when rubbish bowlers like Hassan and Rauf continue to get selected.

    Pakistan badly needs a couple of emerging fast bowlers to complement Shaheen. Naseem and Dahani are rubbish as well.

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    That's why you need professional coach rather than a pretending coach. After costing us so many matches he still insist on playing failure like Hasan Ali matches after matches. Saqlain needs to go before we can discard this useless player.

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    Looks like Hasan Ali will cost us either of ODI or T20 series if not both if he plays all matches.
    Last edited by Shafi; 6th June 2022 at 20:38.

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    The problem with Hasan is he's too stubborn and would still keep running in and bowl fast even if he is carrying an injury. He would go hard on his body to an extent of damaging it. A good trait but dangerous one especially for someone impulsive and hot headed like Hasan.

    Needs to work on his game awareness and do basics right. Gets irritating when he starts overstepping and giving away free runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Looks like Hasan Ali will cost us either of ODI or T20 series if not both if he plays all matches.
    There's no t20i in this series.

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    I hope this fighter don't play today's match.

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    Pakistan's most expensive bowler so far in the 1st ODI vs WI, 0/41 from 6 overs.

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    This guy will play 2022 T20 world Cup as well. Babar may give him res there and there to save him for weaker teams.

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    This guy is truly awful isnít he? But he is mates with the captain so will carry on playing.

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    He's finished at intl level only our clowns in the cricketing board can't see the writing on the wall.

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    The weather is a big factor - lets give our guys some breathing space.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The weather is a big factor - lets give our guys some breathing space.
    May be give him 2022 T20 World Cup so he can cost us more important matches.

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    His position in the side is becoming more and more untenable with each passing game.

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    Wasim Akram on his instagram

    “He barely bowls his second over and starts trending on the Twitter that ‘Why is he playing?’. Please give him some space, he has recently done well for the Lancashire and people are in awe of his services"

    “Hasan, don’t worry about these guys. We all are behind you. As an ex-cricketer and an ex-captain and I think the whole country is behind you. So, my full support is with Hasan"


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    He really needs to start performing or make way

    At the moment he just isnt bowling anywhere near like the bowler that pakistan needs or wants

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    What counts is intl form and his form for a while with the white ball has been pants .

    You simply can't have dahani out of the team just so shooperstar finds his form and rhythm like asif ali we are waiting impatiently for a long while now.

    Asif ali was all hyped on domestic form and everyone was waiting for it to happen at intl level.

    It's unfair for the development of younger bowlers waiting for opportunities

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    And dropped for 2nd ODI - good decision for his sake also


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    Babar assured at the toss that it was not an injury problem either.

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    Hes not been bowling particularly quick. Also probably has the lowest release height from amongst all active seamers.

    Has a very low margin for error.


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    Hassan Ali was never a world class talent like Shaheen and Amir (in his early days). He was never capable of having a long and illustrious career.

    He has spent 7 years in international cricket and that is more than sufficient for a bowler with his limited talent and skill. He is a spent force now and has nothing to give.

    He should be proud of his career because he overachieved big time in 2017.

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    And back once again for another chance in the 3rd ODI, with the series already won.

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    Had a wicket but ....



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    He averages 68 in odis since start of 2019.


    Continuous chances for him are completely unwarranted and unfair on the other guys.

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    Looked bang poor again today It should only be a matter of time before he gets dropped

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    His bowling is like
    The things you see in concrete grounds across punjab with a sinewy bowler called kaliyan bowling to batsmen with a tape ball .

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    The battle for places in the pace bowling department is really hotting up now and it'll be interesting to see what happens in terms of selection.

    Dahani is really banging on the door now in all formats and the battle between him and Hassan is going to get very tasty.


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    Since Nov 2018 Hasan averages 62 with the ball in odis
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    Since January 2019 he averages 62.9 across 18 innings in ODIs
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    From player of the tournament in CT17 to now.... downward spiral for Hassan but he is a fighter.


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    Well I don't doubt the heart of the guy. He probably wants to give it his very best in every game but is unable to figure out how. There may also be a problem with him not being able to assimilate the info and awareness about himself and the opposition correctly to make the best use of it. I think a visit to a psychotherapist would work well for in helping him to understand himself and his role better. Also what he wants to do in every game and how does he see him achieving that.

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    Hassan found alot of success in the recent County season.

    I think he benefits alot from seaming and swinging conditions. He struggled on flat pitches as he doesn't have the height to extract that extra uncertain bounce imo.

    It's a disappointing situation has he can be incredible when in rhythm and on form. But when he is struggling, he is bad, really bad.

    He is a very handy batsman too so it's essential that Pakistan work with him and Hassan finds form again when bowling on batting friendly tracks.

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    How log will it take to realize that Hasan Ali is a useless bowler now, thanks to his lack of height and significant drop in his pace due to age ( fudging ). Success in county cricket with very helpful condition should not be made an excuse to waste more time on him by letting him play for Pakistan team , we have better options now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    From player of the tournament in CT17 to now.... downward spiral for Hassan but he is a fighter.
    Just being a "fighter" does not give you wickets in international cricket , not enough . He has lost pace and confidence for long, not good for international cricket and batting friendly wickets . I'm sure every team will love to face him on Australia , if he ever get selected for the WC, hope not.

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    Hasan is far from finished but on current form he's certainly dropped in the pecking order. Can be a handful as a 4th seamer/allrounder spot for the T20 WC however wouldn't select him in a 3 seamer attack.

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    If Hasnain returns, Nasim continues to improve and Dahani continues to make strides then the competition is going to be intense for the pace bowling spots across all formats.


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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Just being a "fighter" does not give you wickets in international cricket , not enough . He has lost pace and confidence for long, not good for international cricket and batting friendly wickets . I'm sure every team will love to face him on Australia , if he ever get selected for the WC, hope not.
    What is his real age?


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    Hassan Ali one of only 5 players to earn both red-ball and white-ball PCB contracts for 2022/23.

    Looks like they still have a lot of faith in him.

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    One of Hassan Ali's antics -



    Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali is currently making headlines for forcibly trying to lift an umpire’s finger after being denied a wicket during Pakistan’s two-day intra-squad game. The squad played the game at the Rawalpindi stadium, as preparation for their upcoming red-ball tour of Sri Lanka, which begins on July 16. Meanwhile, on being denied a wicket in form of an lbw, 27-year-old Hasan was seen trying to lift the umpire’s finger.

    Having bowled a fuller delivery to Salman Ali Agha which struck the batter’s pad, Hasan Ali jumped up with an appeal, before getting turned down. Hasan then reacted by running toward the umpire and trying to raise his finger in a lighter moment. Both individuals, alongside the other players surrounding, were then spotted sharing a laugh, as the play resumed.


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    He needs to stop being the resident clown and get serious about his bowling because the way hes bowling these days hes an embarassment

    Hes very luckly to get both a red and white ball contract considering his recent performances

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    Happy birthday to Hassan - 28 years old


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    Seems to be a permanent fixture for Pakistan in Tests - included in XI for series opener


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    One of Babars un-droppable buddies. Hasan has been poor in all formats for a while now, seems like no matter how rubbish he continues to be the he wont be dropped.

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    2 wickets for Hassan in the 1st Test so far - decent effort.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    2 wickets for Hassan in the 1st Test so far - decent effort.
    And this dance...



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    Hasan not looking threatening at all and worse is leaking runs early. We can certainly do better in a two man pace attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daytrader View Post
    Hasan not looking threatening at all and worse is leaking runs early. We can certainly do better in a two man pace attack.
    Surely the selectors are seeing this?

    First innings : 0/59 in 17 overs
    Second innings : 0/24 in 5 overs


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    Hassan Ali should retire from atleast one format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Surely the selectors are seeing this?

    First innings : 0/59 in 17 overs
    Second innings : 0/24 in 5 overs
    His best mate is captain, he isnt getting dropped.

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    Age catches up with everyone and injury and age are a deadly combination. Hasan should play County cricket and T20. He isnt an international bowler anymore

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    Not included in the squads for ODI/T20s for Ned and ACC Asia Cup - end of the road?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Not included in the squads for ODI/T20s for Ned and ACC Asia Cup - end of the road?
    Mohammad Wasim:

    ďHasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah"


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
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    ďHasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah"
    Good decision. Hopefully it is a long break

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    Will have to work hard to make a come back considering the really tough competition in the bowling department especially in white ball cricket.

    He has the skills to do so but, needs to improve and work intelligently where he is lacking. He needs one of the two things;

    1) Work extremely hard on his fitness and get that old speed of high 130s early 140s back
    Or
    2) Work hard on his accuracy and achieve control on both his in and out swing (He can bowl both but, with current accuracy sometimes its difficult to set experienced and top batsmen out). Roach is an extreme example of that in test cricket, used to be really quick and had to remodel and think about his game after he got back injury and now is one of the top test pacers in the circuit.

    Otherwise with his height, current pace and struggles with accuracy he will find it difficult. Bit of everything wont work, he needs to find his niche that what kind of bowler he wants to be considering everything and then work towards that. His comeback series at home against SA was a good template of the 2nd option I have given but, that requires extreme accuracy to set up quality batsmen and he needs to work onto that.

    At the same time working on his batting technique and fielding wont hurt as well.
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    Lahore, 19 August 2022: He has done it in the past, and he has set himself on a course to do it again. It is in his DNA to fight the odds and rise through the toughest of the challenges. He overcame a career-threatening back injury to stage a comeback for the ages, reverse-swinging Pakistan to a 95-run win in the second of the two Tests against South Africa in Rawalpindi as the hosts completed a whitewash. Hasan recorded his maiden match-haul of 10 wickets that included a five-for in each innings.

    Hasan Ali is unperturbed by his recent axing from the national side following a string of ordinary performances. The fighter in him has set his eyes on another comeback, and for the purpose he is working with the National High Performance Centre’s coaches in Lahore.

    “My performances have not been up to the mark and I am disappointed because of that,” Hasan told PCB Digital at the sidelines of one of his skills sessions. But that’s life; one day you are up and the next you are down. I am here at the National High Performance Centre to work with coaches. I am working on the technical, tactical and mental aspects and looking forward to regain the rhythm and stage a comeback in the national side.”

    The hunger is there. And, he wants to use the platform of the National T20, in which top domestic cricketers of the shorter format will come face-to-face, to find that mojo. “I have an opportunity to showcase my skills in the National T20 and earn back the confidence of the selection committee, team management and captain to re-enter the national side.”

    Following that comeback in 2021, Hasan’s thunderbolts – that seamed and swung, sometimes giving an expression of doing so at his will – helped the right-arm fast bowler take 41 Test wickets in the year – the third most for a bowler that calendar year.

    “I am a fighter and I don’t give up,” he said. “Two years back when I was out due to injury, I made a comeback after performing in a domestic tournament (Quaid-e-Azam Trophy). Domestic cricket is a very important platform. It helps you to understand your game better and play with some quality cricketers. I will try to perform in the upcoming season so I make my international comeback soon.”

    The form might be temporary for Hasan, as it is with the cricketers around the world, but one thing that is perennial is his exuberance. There is never a dull moment with him around. When asked about his lively persona, Hasan chuckled and said: “Why should I not be happy. I enjoy every moment. I try to keep myself and people around me happy.”


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    As per his PCB released video, he is working at NHPC and watching his old videos with Umar Rasheed to see what has gone missing along with what can be improved technically, physically, tactically and mentally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    As per his PCB released video, he is working at NHPC and watching his old videos with Umar Rasheed to see what has gone missing along with what can be improved technically, physically, tactically and mentally.
    I think he is weary and needs a break from international cricket. He needs to get his form back.

    It can happen to any player.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    As per his PCB released video, he is working at NHPC and watching his old videos with Umar Rasheed to see what has gone missing along with what can be improved technically, physically, tactically and mentally.
    PCB Video



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    As per media reports:

    Hassan Ali will participate in National T20 Cup after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rejected his NOC request for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2022.


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    He should not be called up to replace Shaheen. He was dropped from the team for a reason.

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    Cliched statement by Hassan Ali

    He is often very expensive in limited overs games be it ODIs or T20Is

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    Hasan Ali has moved from Central Punjab and will lead Southern Punjab in the upcoming National T20 Cup. Wonder how this works - can anyone chose to move and automatically become the captain?


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    Well he’s certainly fought his way back into the Pak side for Asia cup

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    Here we go again.

    The torture will truely never end.

    In the name of "experience" we bring back a gauranteed match loser. A well known buffet ball machine.

    I'd pick pretty much anyone over him at this point. Atleast they will have a surprise factor.

    This guy is a known quantity and will give a mental boost to any team that plays us.

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    Now in Dubai:

    Fast-bowler Hasan Ali has joined the Pakistan squad in Dubai while Team management has decided to keep Mohammad Wasim Jnr along with the squad where he will complete his rehab.


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    Looked very very grumpy giving Naseem his T20 Cap. Body language is just awful, not even a smile. I guess he's realised that there are much better bowlers than him.

    Previously remember he was the only best option because Pakistan cricket went through a patch where we just didn't have good enough bowler yo compete at international level and he was the best we could do

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    Quote Originally Posted by KhanNn View Post
    Looked very very grumpy giving Naseem his T20 Cap. Body language is just awful, not even a smile. I guess he's realised that there are much better bowlers than him.

    Previously remember he was the only best option because Pakistan cricket went through a patch where we just didn't have good enough bowler yo compete at international level and he was the best we could do
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