Hasan Ali should have rested much sooner: Mohammad Hafeez on Pakistan whiteball squad’s exclusion of Pacer

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The men’s rosters for the Asia Cup and the Dutch tour were unveiled earlier this week by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), with a few notable absentees. Veteran player Shoaib Malik was eliminated from the T20I team for the Asian Cup, and bowler Hasan Ali was also dropped after a spate of underperformance.

Pakistan’s out-of-form fast bowler Hasan was replaced in the teams by uncapped white-ball pacer Naseem Shah.

Mohammad Hafeez, a former cricketer for Pakistan, has now elaborated extensively on Hasan’s exclusion from the team.

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Hasan Ali is a fighter: Mohammad Hafeez

The bowler needed a break after numerous appearances for Pakistan, stressed Hafeez, who shared a locker room with Hasan when he was playing. He also stated that the choice to rest the bowler should have been made by Pakistan much earlier.

“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 told Dawn.

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Hasan Ali[photo: Twitter]

“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 certain extent from Hasan. Because when you’re young, you don’t understand how important the mental aspect of the game is,” he added.

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