The men’s squads for the Asia Cup and the Netherlands tour were unveiled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier this week, with a few conspicuous absences. Veteran player Shoaib Malik was left off the T20I team for the Asia Cup, and bowler Hasan Ali was also dropped after a spate of subpar performances.
Hasan, Pakistan’s out-of-form fast bowler, was replaced in the teams by uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah.
Mohammad Hafeez, a former cricketer for Pakistan, has now elaborated on Hasan’s exclusion from the team.
Hasan Ali Is A Fighter: Mohammad Hafeez
The bowler needed a break after making numerous appearances for Pakistan, insisted Hafeez, who shared a dressing room with Hasan when he was playing. He also stated that the choice to rest the bowler should have been made by Pakistan a lot earlier.
“Hasan is a wonderful cricketer. I know him from his early years, he is a fighter. At certain stages in your career, when you are not going through the good form, you get mentally tired, even though you want to perform. I think the management was unfair to him in the sense that he was played in matches where he could’ve been rested,” Hafeez told 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 unnecessarily being played. So, it was a mistake from the management and even from Hasan to an extent. Because when you are young, you don’t understand how important the mental aspect of the game is”, he added.