Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali will be looking to continue his magnificent run with the ball at the international level when the three-match T20I series against ICC World XI begins in Lahore on September 12. He will try to run through the opposition’s batting order but removing Hashim Amla will bring him more joy than getting any other batsman out.
Since his international debut in August last year, Pakistan has played South Africa once. That was in the Champions Trophy in June this year. Hasan with his three for 24 in eight overs was Man of the Match in the match but couldn’t bowl to Amla as he had been removed by Imad Wasim before he was brought into the attack.
“I would be really happy to get the wicket of Hashim Amla,” Hasan said at the side-lines of Pakistan’s ongoing training camp at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. He cautiously added “bhai” (used widely in this part to show respect to an elder) after the South African legend’s name.
“World XI is a great team and it has amazing players. I will try to bowl at them with the perfection,” he continued.
When asked how he felt about playing international cricket on his country’s soil, Hasan, who was a part of Peshawar Zalmi’s line-up against Quetta Gladiators during the PSL final at Lahore in March, said: “I cannot wait to play my first game here. I am really excited. Obviously playing on the home soil helps a great deal. Players become stars and legends by playing at home. It is really unfortunate that most of us cannot do the same.”
Hasan Ali celebrates Ahmed Shehzad's wicket during the PSL-II final in Lahore - AFP
Hasan’s precise line and length bowling laced with lateral movement made him the most exciting pace bowler during the Champions Trophy in England. He bagged 13 wickets, most by any bowler during the tournament, at an average of 14.69, which was also the best for any bowler in the tournament.
“I performed when no one expected me to,” said Hasan. “I won’t say that it had put me under pressure. But it has put a great deal of responsibility on me. I moved the old ball in England. I am working further on my reverse swing and you will see the results.”
Ruling out any sort of competition within the ranks of the Pakistan side, the 23-year-old said: “Fast bowlers try to form partnerships just like the batsmen. If one is unable to stop the flow or runs, the other steps up. We try to complement each other rather than compete.”
Pakistan play three T20Is against ICC World XI in Lahore on September 12, 13, and 15.