Peshawar Zalmi: Hasan Ali ruled out of PSL playoffs
Peshawar Zalmi paceman Hasan Ali has been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs after suffering a back strain.
Hasan was a regular member of the Zalmi outfit throughout their tournament campaign earlier this year before the final four matches of the competition were delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The right-arm speedster was rather ordinary in PSL 2020 compared to his overall stature in the league as he is the second-leading wicket-taker in the tournament's history. Hasan lacked the typical precision during his PSL stint in February-March, and registered only eight wickets in nine innings, conceding at an economy rate of 8.59.
Peshawar have replaced Hasan with uncapped pacer Mohammad Imran, who was recently a part of the Southern Punjab lineup in the domestic National T20 Cup.
Imran had picked six wickets in as many games and also gave handy performances with the bat lower down the order. Imran will add depth to Zalmi's fast bowling department comprising of the likes of Hardus Viljoen, skipper Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali and Saqib Mahmood.
Hasan's fitness woes, though, paints a bleak picture about his career as he has occasionally played competitive cricket since his World Cup appearance last year.
Meanwhile, Lahore Qalandars have added pacer Salman Irshad in place of all-rounder Agha Salman, who is unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury.
Irshad, a product of Qalandars' Player Development Program, played five matches for Lahore in PSL 2020 with best returns of 4/30 in his side's 37-run win against Quetta Gladiators.
Qalandars will clash against Zalmi later today with the victors of the contest getting a chance to qualify for the final.