Hasan Ali to miss first Test against England?

Hasan Ali injured hand but still available for selection for first Test against England Lord's Pakistan cricket

Hasan Ali is “still available for selection”

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Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali injured his hand during the final day of the two-day warm-up match against Leicestershire, but team physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon insisted that he will still be available for selection for the first Test against England, which begins on Thursday at Lord’s.

Hasan split the webbing between his thumb and index finger when attempting to take a catch and needed two stitches to seal the wound.

“Hasan hurt his hand during the two-day match against Leicestershire,” Deacon said. “He was trying to take a catch and split a bit of the webbing between his thumb and index finger.

“He was assessed by the medical staff and two stitches were inserted as a precautionary measure. It’s a superficial wound.

“I’m going to try and keep Hasan away from training tomorrow to give him enough [of a] chance to get that superficial wound to heal. At this point in time, he’s still available for selection.”

As for left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir, Deacon confirmed that while the 26-year-old has tendon tendinitis in his knee, he will be fit for the first Test against England.

Amir had to leave the field during the historic Test against Ireland, but returned later on to bowl.

However, he didn’t feature in the warm-up match against Leicestershire.

“Amir has tendon tendinitis,” Deacon said. “He’s training perfectly fine at the moment and will participate in a full training session tomorrow.

“He’s got very little, if any symptoms of anything left in his right knee and I suspect he’ll have a full recovery before the Lord’s Test.”

When asked about the health of the entire squad, Deacon said: “At this point in time, we have a full squad, there’s two training days left and I think all the guys are really looking forward to taking on England.”

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