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Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali has revealed that he is missing the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia since he needs to rest and recuperate ahead of the World Cup in May.
Hasan was not the only high-profile player rested for the series as captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan have also been given time off.
Hasan featured in Pakistan’s tour of South Africa and then went straight into the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which only ended on March 17.
Hasan struggled in South Africa as he took six wickets in two Tests at an average of 44.50.
He then claimed two wickets in three ODIs at an average of 53 and one wicket in two Twenty20 Internationals at an average of 82.
However, he turned his fortunes around in the PSL, where he finished as the top wicket-taker with 25 victims in 13 games for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 13.64 and economy rate of 6.77.
“I have been playing continuously for the past six months, in all three formats, which is why it was important for me to get some rest,” Hasan told cricketpakistan.com.pk. “It will also help me mentally as one can get worn out pretty quickly.”
The ODI series between Pakistan and Australia begins on March 22 in Sharjah.