LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said fast bowler, Hasan Ali is responding well to the virtual rehabilitation session being conducted for the recuperation of his back injury and might return to competitive cricket sooner than expected.
According to a PCB statement on Monday, Hasan underwent a two-hour online rehabilitation session under the supervision of Lahore-based neurosurgeon Asif Bashir, leading spinal therapist professor Peter O’Sullivan of Australia and the PCB medical team last week.
“Hasan Ali picking up injuries around the same area twice in less than a year was not a normal thing,” said Dr Sohail Saleem, who heads the medical board of the PCB.
“Therefore, we consulted some of the best and most experienced specialists and it is heartening to hear their feedback following the opening online therapy session in which Hasan showed no signs of symptomatic regression,” Dr Sohail said in the statement.
He said, “However, these are early days of his rehabilitation programme and we will continue to monitor his progress for the next five weeks before collectively making future decisions.”
The board also announced it will provide financial assistance to Hasan, who is currently not a centrally contracted player, till he returns to competitive cricket.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “Hasan Ali is one of our assets and heroes of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 victory. It is the PCB’s responsibility to look after him during these difficult times so that he focuses and works 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 added.
Hasan was diagnosed with excessive stress in his lower back by the PCB medical panel in late April. Prior to that, Hasan had complained of a back problem in September 2019, which had eventually forced him to pull out of the tour of Australia.