After a mauling in the ODI series, Pakistan will look for redemption in the T20Is. The series gets underway today, July 16 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Ahead of the opening clash, the visitors are dealt with a massive blow as ace pacer Hasan Ali has been ruled out of the first T20I after picking up a strain in his left leg during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday. The development was confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board earlier today.
Hasan Ali was pick of the bowlers in the ODI series and accounted for 6 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second ODI. This was Ali’s first fifer after 2017. Ali’s career has been marred by injuries. He was ruled out for over a year due to a back injury, and his return was further delayed to 20 months, with another groin injury.
Hasan Ali has been in top form of late. He was Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker in the T20I series against South Africa with seven wickets in 4 games and backed it up with impressive outings in Zimbabwe. He then put up a stellar show in the second leg of the Pakistan Super League.
A decision on Hasan Ali’s further availability will be made ahead of the second T20I. The other two games of the T20I series will be played in Leeds and Manchester on July 18 and 20 respectively.
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