Hasan Ali's recent form is no more a question. With visible struggles on the field to avoid conceding runs and dropping critical catches, the bowler has cost multiple games on important occasions. Hasan's last few months have been nothing but a source to gather backlash for him following his poor form.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been serving back-to-back chances to the bowler to witness if he comes up stronger, but consecutive failures have consequently expelled him from the 15-player Asia Cup 2022 squad, the board announced on Wednesday.
Continuous chances for Hasan in the team, despite poor form, somehow dragged skipper Babar Azam into hot water. However, the audience finds the decision 'very justified' to drop him from Pakistan's Asia Cup 2022 squad.
The PCB, while putting its faith in the fast bowler, has narrated that it is a chance for Hasan to modify his bowling and get back stronger on the track as he used to be in his initial days.
Apart from Hasan, Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik are two notable drops. But unlike Hasan, the all-rounders carry some performances and could have added experience on the field. Especially Malik, handling an experience of over two decades, would have been a helpful appearance on the grounds.
Imad's stats on the UAE venues could have further garnished, but the board once again has sidelined him from the national fold. Visibly, the Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2022 is based on young talent as the captain, and the board are optimistic about their young guns.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2022:
The complete squad is mentioned as:
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.