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Hasan Ali urges strengthening bench over radical changes

Hasan stressed the importance of ensuring that decisions made are in the best interest of Pakistani cricket

Hasan Ali urges strengthening bench over radical changes PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali has voiced his concerns over the proposed "surgery" in the team setup by PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi. 

In an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Hasan expressed uncertainty over the chairman's comments about surgery and questioned whether all 11 players would be replaced, emphasizing the impracticality of such a drastic measure due to the team's lack of sufficient backups.

"I don't know in what context the chairman has mentioned surgery. Will they change all 11 players? Which is not possible. I am really sorry to say because we don't have such backups that we can change all 11 players. I don't know  what surgery will be, but things should be absolutely right and should be done for the betterment of cricket. The chairman should take strong steps and make firm decisions," Hasan said.

Hasan stressed the importance of ensuring that decisions made are in the best interest of Pakistani cricket, advocating for strong leadership and firm decisions from the chairman. He highlighted the need to strengthen Pakistan's bench strength, citing examples where other countries maintain multiple squads for international tours, which Pakistan currently lacks.

"We should strengthen our bench strength, which every team in the world does. We have seen in the recent past that one country continues to field two teams on international tours. If Pakistan had these two teams today, we wouldn't have to talk about doing surgery or this or that. Now for example, a Test series is coming up and Pakistan won't have an alternate spinner. To perform surgery, surgical equipment is essentially needed," he further added.

It is worth noting that Naqvi, following Pakistan's defeat to India in the T20 World Cup 2024, openly criticized the team's performance and suggested significant changes were necessary. He remarked, "It seemed that a minor surgery would work, but after this bad performance, I’m now sure that a major surgery is required. The nation will soon see a major overhaul."