Hasan Ali might not require a surgery for his back injury after responding well to a virtual rehabilitation session under the supervision of neurosurgeon Asif Bashir, spinal therapist Prof. Peter O’Sullivan and the PCB medical team.
Hasan last made an international appearance in the 2019 World Cup in the ill-fated loss against arch-rivals India. Since then, he has been plagued with fitness issues ruling him out of Pakistan's national set-up for the home series against Sri Lanka and the Australia tour.
The right-arm pacer managed to regain fitness ahead of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, where a dip in bowling form saw him pick just eight wickets in nine games.
In April, he was excluded from the central contract list revealed by the PCB for the 2020-21 season with head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq casting uncertainty over Hasan's reentry in the side following the aggravation of his injury.
Last week, he held a two-hour online rehab session where the PCB medical team was satisfied with the progress made by the 25-year-old. His condition will be closely monitored over the next five weeks before a decision is taken on this matter.
“Hasan Ali picking up injuries around the same area twice in less than a year was not a normal thing. Consequently, we consulted some of the best and most experienced specialists and it is heartening to hear their feedback following the opening online rehabilitation session in which Hasan showed no signs of symptomatic regression," said Dr Sohail Saleem, PCB's Director of Medical and Sports Sciences.
Contrary to earlier reports of the PCB deliberating over sending Hasan abroad for a surgery, Dr Saleem noted the fast bowler would be able to make a comeback soon.
“However, these are early days of his rehabilitation programme and we will continue to monitor his progress for the next five weeks before collectively making future decisions.
"But one thing is for certain, he is under the treatment of the very best in the business and hopefully, he will return fitter and stronger to competitive cricket without any surgery.”
Additionally, the PCB has promised full financial support to Hasan till he returns to competitive cricket with the board's chief executive Wasim Khan citing the dynamic cricketer's past heroics.
“Hasan Ali is one of our assets and heroes of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 victory. It is the PCB’s responsibility to look after him during these difficult times so that he focuses and works solely on his fitness," Wasim said.
“Hasan is a young and energetic cricketer who has a lot of cricket left in him. Like most of his followers, the PCB will like to see him regain complete fitness so that he can resume normal services for the Pakistan men’s national cricket team.
"Till that time, the PCB will provide him financial assistance from the PCB Welfare Fund, which exists exactly for this purpose.”
Hasan made his debut for Pakistan in August 2016 and was declared player of the tournament during his side's Champions Trophy-winning campaign in 2017.