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Fast-rising Hasan doubtful for PSL start

Fast-rising Pakistan medium pacer Hasan Ali has been advised a four-week rest after suffering a ligament damage in the ankle during practice on Sunday, making him a doubtful starter for next month’s Pakistan Super League.

The 23-year-old missed the third and final Twenty20 against New Zealand at Mount Manganui, which Pakistan won by 18 runs to not only take the three-match series 2-1 but also reclaimed the number one spot in the ICC T20 rankings.

Head coach Mickey Arthur said Hasan will be out for four weeks, also denying speculations that the youngster was left out after ignoring captain Sarfraz Ahmed during the second Twenty20 match.

“Hasan injured his ankle in the warm up before the match and is out for a minimum of four weeks, ” Arthur told ARYnews. “It will be a tough and go as its a ligament injury. Any speculation on Hasan is far from the truth.”

The third edition of the PSL starts in Dubai with a match between Hasan’s team Peshawar Zalmi and new entry Multan Sultans.

Arthur showed disappointment at the fitness of some players.

“Its frustrating because it takes us three weeks to get the players to the standards needed,” said Arthur, who had blamed leagues around the world for the fatigues players suffered.

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