Why Hasan Ali is not selected in Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup 2022?

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Why Hasan Ali is not selected in Pakistan's squad for Asia Cup 2022?
Why Hasan Ali is not selected in Pakistan's squad for Asia Cup 2022?

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the squad for upcoming Asia Cup. The 15-member squad will be led by skipper Babar Azam and Shadab Khan will be his deputy. The team will miss its star pacer Shaheen Afridi who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a ligament injury in his right knee. Pakistan has won the Asia Cup for five times. They last won the tournament in 2014. In the recent years, Pakistan have done really well in the shortest format of cricket and therefore they definitely have the potential to win the Asia Cup this year. Several expected names have failed to make into the squad for Asia Cup. One of the most notable omission from the Pakistan’s squad is of fast bowler Hasan Ali. Fans expected to see his name in the squad because he was also a member of squad that travelled to UAE for T20 World Cup last year. Let’s see Why Hasan Ali is not selected in Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup 2022?

Pakistan’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022
Pakistan’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022

Pakistan’s Squad for Asia Cup 2022

Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.

Hasan Ali Asia Cup 2022
Hasan Ali Asia Cup 2022

The reason is quite clear as Hasan’s form across the three formats in the last year has been on a decline. His T20I bowling strike rate has moved to 23.2. He has picked up only eight wickets in nine games in this period. Hasan played three ODIs in the last 12 months and in those he averaged 76.50 with the ball, picking up two wickets overall. In PSL also, he was able to pick only nine wickets for Islamabad United with a bowling average of 40.55 and had an economy rate of 10.84. If we talk about recent performances, then also he has underperformed. Hasan Ali took just three wickets in two Tests in Sri Lanka last month. He picked only three wickets for 222 runs in his last three one-day internationals. When we come to the shortest format, Hasan has been wicket-less in two of his last three Twenty20 internationals.

Hasan Ali’s career has been on a downward spiral since last year’s T20 World Cup. That tournament is also an unforgettable one for him because he dropped a catch, which was responsible for Pakistan’s defeat in the semi-final against Australia.

Hasan Ali T20 World Cup 2021
Hasan Ali T20 World Cup 2021