Hasan Ali has been dealt with another injury blow after making a long-awaited return to competitive cricket in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The right-arm paceman has reportedly pulled a groin muscle, forcing him to be unavailable for Central Punjab in the third round of the domestic first-class tournament.
Hasan has not played for Pakistan since his World Cup appearance last year. He flopped across the four outings in the marquee 50-over event, picking up just two wickets in four games and conceding runs at an economy rate of 7.75.
Subsequently, Hasan suffered a back injury in the opening round the 2019-20 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. His problems aggravated with a rib fracture in November 2019, painting a bleak picture regarding his future at the highest level.
Hasan, who was adjudged the player of the tournament in Pakistan's 2017 Champions Trophy-winning campaign, made another comeback to the domestic circuit by taking part in the 2020 Pakistan Super League.
A consistently lacklustre bowling display saw him register just eight wickets in nine games as he continued to struggle for precision and accuracy.
Following the suspension of the PSL's playoffs stages due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Hasan's injury woes resurfaced, giving birth to fears over a possible back surgery.
This was avoided as Hasan responded well to the rehabilitation program instituted by the PCB, though his name was omitted from the list of central contracts awarded to the top players.
The current injury cloud hanging over Hasan might prevent him from representing Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2020 once it resumes on November 14.
The severity of the latest injury setback will be determined soon as Hasan underwent scans at a local hospital in Karachi, where the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is taking place.
He bowled only 6.2 overs for Central Punjab in their second red-ball game this season after trudging off the field clutching his leg. Spinner Ahmed Safi Abdullah completed the remainder of his over and Hasan did not bowl in his side's second innings as Northern defeated the incumbent champions by nine wickets.