To mitigate the loss of key pacer Naseem Shah, selection committee has chosen the experienced right arm pacer Hassan Ali to step in as a crucial component of their bowling lineup
Pakistan announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled in India on Wednesday.
To mitigate the loss of key pacer Naseem Shah, selection committee has chosen the experienced right arm pacer Hassan Ali to step in as a crucial component of their bowling lineup.
Chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, revealed the reason behind Hassan's selection and emphasized upon his recent performances in the Lankan Premier League.
"Naseem Shah unfortunately got injured and he's our main bowler. Hasnain had an ankle operation. Ihsanullah had an elbow operation. We had few options left among fast bowlers due to injuries. Hassan Ali bowled well in the LPL and elsewhere recently. He is experienced and has played well for Pakistan previously in big events," Inzamam said.
"Once Naseem Shah was ruled out, we also needed a bowler who could bowl with the new ball, and I think Hassan Ali is a great choice. He bowls well with the old ball too and is a team man as well. He brings energy into the team," he further added.
Naseem's injury occurred during Pakistan's second game against India at the recent Asia Cup, forcing him to leave the field during the 46th over. Subsequent scans revealed damage to a muscle just below his bowling shoulder leading to his exclusion from the World Cup.