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Former captain Salman Butt believes Hasan Ali is the all-rounder Pakistan have been looking for.
While Hasan is known for his pace bowling, Salman noted that during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the 26-year-old showed he can have an impact with the bat.
Hasan, who captained Central Punjab, made his comeback in the tournament after recovering from recurring back injuries.
The 26-year-old finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the competition with 43 wickets in nine matches at an average of 20.06.
With the number of wickets he claimed, Hasan had the most wickets among pace bowlers in this year’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He also scored 273 runs, which included a century and two fifties, at an average of 24.81.
Hasan starred with the bat in the final against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as he smashed an unbeaten 106, which came off 61 balls and included 10 boundaries and seven sixes.
His efforts nearly helped Central Punjab defend their title, but instead, the match ended as a tie and the trophy was shared between the two teams.
Looking for an all rounder all over I think @RealHa55an has the full potential . Ready for come back most certainly .
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) January 5, 2021
“Looking for an all-rounder all over I think Hasan Ali has the full potential. Ready for [a] comeback most certainly,” Salman said on Twitter.
Pakistan’s series against South Africa, which will consist of two Tests and three T20 Internationals, will start on January 26 and conclude on February 14.