PAK vs ENG: The limited-overs series is of great importance for our team, says Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali

PAK vs ENG: Hasan Ali has made a comeback to the national team after recovering from a back injury which has sidelined the fast bowler for a long tenure of two years. Hasan Ali is currently in London with the entire Pakistan team on England tour. Pakistan is slated to play 3 match ODI series & 3 match T20I series against England.

Hasan had returned to the national team for the two-match test series against South Africa which was held in the month of January-February in Karachi and Rawalpindi. Pakistan won the series 2-0 which lifted them to the fifth spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Hasan has scalped 12 wickets in the Test series, which included 10 wickets in the Rawalpindi test where Hasan took five wickets in each innings.

Hasan has played 11 International matches in 2021 in which he has taken 40 wickets with four-five wickets hauls in one innings & one ten-wicket haul in a match. He is the leading wicket-taker for this year with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in the second spot with 38 wickets under his belt. Pakistan’s star pacer Shaheen Afridi is in the fifth position by scalping 30 wickets from 15 matches he has played.

“It has never been easy for a fast bowler to come back after a back injury but I want to thank my wife, family, Shoaib Malik, and Shahid Afridi who kept me motivated and focused on cricket. Nothing is impossible in life, if we believe in ourselves and work hard, we can achieve desired results and I am an example of it,” the official website of PCB quoted Ali as saying.

“The white-ball series against England is very important for us, as England are the World Champions in ODIs and are also the top-ranked side in T20Is. England has been always lucky to me, as I have my great memories from England tour in the past, winning ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 in England is on top of it,” he added.

Paksitan is slated to play three ODIs against England starting from July 8 which are a part of ICC Men’s Cricket World Super League. After that Pakistan will also face England in the three-match T20I series beginning from July 16.

Hasan has also made a notable contribution with the bat after recovering from his back injury. In 11 international matches which Pakistan has played, Hasan has scored 139 runs at 23.16 where he has remained unbeaten in five matches & also hit nine fours & ten sixes. His unbeaten 20 runs knock-off 7 balls against South Africa in the final T20I helped Pakistan to win the match by four wickets at Lahore’s  Gaddafi Stadium.

“I always wanted to become an all-rounder, and I am happy besides my bowling, I am contributing to the team with my batting as well. While I was away from cricket for two years due to injury, I worked on my batting especially hard-hitting ability at NHPC,” he signed off

ENG vs PAK 2021 ODI series schedule

First ODIJuly 8Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Second ODIJuly 10Lord’s, London
Third ODIJuly 13Edgbaston, Birmingham

ENG vs PAK 2021 T20I series schedule

First T20IJuly 16Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Second T20IJuly 18Headingley, Leeds
Third T20IJuly 20Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Pakistan ODI Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir

Pakistan T20I Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, and Usman Qadir.

England squads – Not announced yet

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