Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to provide financial assistance to Hasan Ali until he returns to competitive cricket. The PCB has made the decision after Hasan missed out on central contracts due to injury.
The PCB released a press release on Friday in which the CEO Wasim Khan acknowledged the performances of Hasan in past and said that the cricket board will look after him during his tough time so that he can work solely on his fitness.
“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,” he said.
“Till that time, the PCB will provide him financial assistance from the PCB Welfare Fund, which exists exactly for this purpose,” he added.
On the other hand, Hasan has responded positively to the virtual rehabilitation session for his latest back injury and his specialists expect he will not require surgery and may also return to competitive cricket sooner than expected.
Hasan, last week, underwent a two-hour online rehabilitation session under the supervision of Lahore-based neurosurgeon Asif Bashir, leading spinal therapist Prof. Peter O’Sullivan of Australia and the PCB medical team.
The panel will now closely monitor Hasan’s progress over the next five weeks before deciding the next steps.
PCB Director of Medical and Sports Sciences Dr. Sohail Saleem has said that Hasan, picking up injuries around the same area twice in less than a year, was not a normal thing.
“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,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention that Hasan diagnosed with excessive stress in his lower back in April. In September 2019, Hasan had also suffered a back injury during the initial round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Lahore after which he underwent a seven-week rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
He came back in the final round of the tournament but suffered a rib fracture in November, ruling him out for six months but he regained complete fitness ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.