Hassan Ali out of the first ODI against South Africa
Lahore: Fast bowler Hassan Ali has been ruled out of the first match of the ODI series against South Africa. Hassan Ali, 26, tested positive for corona twice, forcing him to stay in quarantine. The team management believes that Hassan Ali is not fully fit at the moment and feeding him in the first ODI against South Africa would be tantamount to playing with his fitness.
It may be recalled that former captain of the national cricket team Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to be fed in the ODI matches against South Africa. Sarfraz Ahmed, 33, will play as a wicketkeeper while Mohammad Rizwan can play as a batsman. PCB sources said that the team management is considering feeding Muhammad Rizwan at No. 4 and Sarfraz at No. 5.
Sources said that head coach Misbah-ul-Haq. Captain Babar Azam and bowling coach Waqar Younis have been consulted on Sarfraz Ahmed’s inclusion in the first ODI.
Sources further said that in the case of Sarfraz Ahmed playing, one of the aggressive batsmen Haider Ali or Asif Ali will have to drop. The ODI series between the two teams will start with the ODIs at Centurion on Friday. According to details, the 34-member squad includes 21 players and 13 officials of the team.
The 10 members of the Test squad will leave for Zimbabwe on April 12. On the tour of South Africa, Pakistan will play three ICC World Cup Super League matches in Centurion from April 2 to 7 and four T20 matches in Johannesburg from April 10 to 16.