Hasan Ali could be out of cricket action for a lengthy period of time owing to the recurrence of his back injury, which might prompt the need for surgery abroad to deal with the issue.
Hasan last made an appearance for Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup where he was plagued with ordinary form and was dropped from the playing XI midway through the tournament to make way for Shaheen Afridi.
Subsequently, the right-arm pacer's career has been beset with a frequent bout of injuries rendering him unavailable for Pakistan's international assignments. Although included in the Central Punjab squad for the domestic Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Hasan could play only a solitary game throughout the competition.
After spending some time in rehab, he finally returned to the competitive fold in the Pakistan Super League where a clear dip in bowling form saw him pick up just eight wickets in nine games.
To add to Hasan's woes, his name was recently omitted from Pakistan's central contract list marking a sharp turn of fortunes for him. Having shot to prominence for his 2017 Champions Trophy heroics, Hasan now faces the prospect of fading away into obscurity with this latest injury blow.
The 25-year-old speedster is currently under rehabilitation but it is likely he will need to go abroad to have surgery performed on him. This might not be possible in light of the present virus-enforced lockdowns around the globe, though he is awaiting advice from foreign experts.
“There are two options available for Hasan, either he undergoes a long-term therapy treatment or has surgery but everything will depend on the advice by the foreign experts,” a source in the PCB told PTI [Press Trust of India].
Meanwhile, Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq delved into the details surrounding the flaring up of Hasan's longstanding back issue but denied that the PCB had supposedly rushed into declaring him fit for the PSL.
"Hasan Ali's back injury has resurfaced since April 30 and he is currently going through rehab. He's not fit at the moment but the Board is fully supporting him to complete his process of recovery. The PCB will make sure he is back on the field soon," he said.
"The medical panel had cleared Hasan before the PSL and only then was he allowed to play in the tournament. He was fully prepared and had played a few practice matches as well.
"Back injuries are tricky, you don't know when it can become worse due to stumbles in the field. For Hasan, it is a case of recurrence and that can happen. It was not as if he had been given permission to take part in the PSL without showing good fitness levels."
Misbah cast uncertainty over a certain date of Hasan's arrival in the side and maintained the PCB was adamant about doing everything to recover his fitness.
"There is no time limit that can be specified for his return. We feel for him, he is a hard-working athlete. That is why I think the Board is giving support in every way possible.
"We had also backed him earlier when he was injured and are trying now to ensure he undergoes proper treatment and rehabilitation."
Hasan began his career in a sparkling manner, however, his initial promise has significantly diminished over the past year. He has taken 148 wickets across all formats and averages a shade over 29 in ODIs.