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Hasan Ali is selected for the 2023 ICC World Cup team by Pakistan

Hasan Ali is selected for the 2023 ICC World Cup team by Pakistan

Hasan Ali, a returning fast bowler for Pakistan, was named to the team today by Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chairman of the national men’s selection committee, for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2023 in India, which will begin on October 5.

The 15-person Pakistani team will compete in the mega-event under the leadership of all-format skipper Babar Azam, who all-rounder Shadab Khan will assist. Hasan Ali, an experienced speed bowler, replaced Naseem Shah, a fast bowler, with a right shoulder injury during the Asia Cup 2023 match against India in the Pakistan ODI team after a one-year absence.

Due to Naseem Shah’s unlucky injury, we were obliged to make one substitution. We had a few injury concerns during the most recent Asia Cup. Still, I’m happy to report that every player is healthy and raring to compete for their nation in the crucial competition, head selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a news conference.

In June 2022, Hasan Ali took two wickets in his final one-day international match against the West Indies. Since his debut in 2016, he has played 60 ODIs for Pakistan and taken 91 wickets. He participated in the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup as a member of the Pakistani team.

Leg spinner Abrar Ahmed, who has played for Pakistan in six test matches, young fast bowler Zaman Khan, and wicket-keeper Mohammad Haris are all nominated as reserves. They were all members of the Pakistan team for the Asia Cup 2023. However, Tayyab Tahir and Faheem Ashraf from Pakistan’s Asia Cup team were not selected for the ICC World Cup 2023 roster. Tayyab Tahir did not appear in any of the tournament’s games, whereas Faheem Ashraf played three games and claimed three wickets.

Inzamam-ul-Haq also provided an update on fast bowler Haris Rauf’s recovery from his injury during the Asia Cup match against India. “Our medical panel has provided me with promising news regarding Haris Rauf. According to Inzamam-ul-Haq, he will be available for selection after beginning to (shadow) bowl at the National Cricket Academy.

The previous captain supported the present group of athletes and expressed confidence in their ability to perform admirably in the ICC World Cup 2023. He remarked, “We have shown faith in the same group because this team has performed wonderfully well over the last couple of years.” “I have a strong belief that this team can bring the World Cup trophy to Pakistan and inspire the entire country with their amazing performances,” the coach said.

On October 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, the Green Shirts will play their first World Cup match against the Netherlands. Before that, they will play two exhibition games against Australia and New Zealand on September 29 and October 3.

Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jr., Saud Shakeel, and Salman Ali Agha are some of the players who have played for Pakistan.

The squad will hope that Hasan’s experience makes up for Naseem’s loss, which is significant considering his stellar ODI record of 32 wickets at an average of 16.96 and two five-fors. Hasan has played 91 doors at an average of 30.36 in 60 ODI appearances. First, Naseem Shah was our primary bowler and was [expected to be in the squad], according to Inzamam, who explained the choice.

“Second, fast bowlers frequently suffer from injuries. Similar to Hasnain, who had an injury and required medical attention. Ihsanullah just recovered from elbow surgery. Our quick bowling options are limited. The head selector praised Hasan’s success in international competitions and also stressed his capacity to fill the void created by Naseem’s decision to take the new ball.

“And speaking of Hasan Ali, you should consider how well he performed in the Lankan Premier League and other competitions. He is a skilled bowler who has displayed good performance. Although he hasn’t recently appeared in any international cricket matches, Inzamam noted, “He has played in major events for Pakistan and has entertained us.” And now that it was evident that Naseem wouldn’t participate in the World Cup, we needed a new-ball bowler, so Hasan Ali is a fantastic pick. He is skilled with both new and ancient balls and is very knowledgeable. He is a team player.

Hasan Ali has taken Shah’s position since the 20-year-old, who has been an essential part of Pakistan’s recent success, is scheduled to have surgery for a shoulder issue.

During Pakistan’s game against India on September 10, Shah suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the Asia Cup and will keep him out of action for a few months. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s head selector, told the ESPNcricinfo website that according to the report from his doctors, Naseem will be out longer than only the World Cup. Shah also expressed his regret at not being allowed to participate in the competition through X, previously on Twitter. “I’m sad that I won’t be a member of this fantastic team that will be repping our dear nation,” he added.

Ali, who is 29 years old, last participated in an ODI in June 2022. In January of this year, he gave his most recent Pakistani squad performance during the second Test match against New Zealand. Hasan Ali has outperformed most others, as evidenced by his LPL (Lanka Premier League) or other results. He is a seasoned bowler who has represented Pakistan in major mega-events and excelled there, according to Inzamam, who spoke to ESPNcricinfo.

He continued that the medium-pace bowler was selected due to his “team spirit and capacity to bring energy to the squad.” Shah wasn’t the only member of the Pakistani team that got hurt recently. Injuries have also prevented Muhammad Hasnain and Ihsanullah from joining the team.

Mohammad Haris is among the reserves, and Usama Mir has been included as a second leg-spinner after making his ODI debut earlier this year. “I have made no such adjustments. It would not be acceptable for me to try to change the team within three weeks of my appointment because they have been using this combination for the past two years, said Inzamam.

Two days before the announcement of the Pakistani team, Muhammad Hafeez announced his resignation from the Pakistan cricket technical committee, fueling rumors of unease with the selection of the group.

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