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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on said pacer Hasan Ali is responding well to the virtual rehabilitation session being conducted for recuperation of his back injury and might return to competitive cricket sooner than expected.
The board also announced it will provide financial assistance to Hasan, who is currently not a centrally contracted player, till he returns to competitive cricket.
Hasan underwent a two-hour online rehabilitation session under the supervision of Lahore-based neurosurgeon Asif Bashir, leading spinal therapist professor Peter O’Sullivan of Australia and the PCB medical team last week, according to a media release.
“Hasan Ali picking up injuries around the same area twice in less than a year was not a normal thing,” said Dr Sohail Saleem, who heads the medical board of the PCB.
Hasan, who has played nine Tests, 53 ODIs and 30 T20Is, missed out on a central contract handed out last month due to the injury and thus the PCB has decided to provide financial assistance from the PCB Welfare Fund to the 25-year-old till he returns to competitive cricket.
“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,” PCB Chief Executive, Wasim Khan said.