Islamabad United’s Hasan Ali announced, on Monday, to take part in the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League’s sixth edition.
Ali was due to fly back to attend to a personal family emergency but he announced that the matter had stood resolved.
Cricket experts see this as a boost to Islamabad United in their challenge for the PSL title this season.
“I was going through a personal issue, which has been resolved and for that, I thank my wonderful wife,” said Hasan, in a statement. “She has assured me that she will take care of it and has asked me to concentrate on my career and cricket. I salute to such a wonderful partner who has always stood by me in the hardest of times and after consulting with her, I have called off my departure and have decided to stay on with Islamabad United.”
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Since Ali called off his travel and didn’t leave the bubble, he will not be needing to re-enter and undergo quarantine. United are to face defending champions Karachi Kings today (Monday).
The 26-year-old has played two games in Abu Dhabi so far and taken four wickets — two each against Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars.
Two-time winners, Islamabad United have moved to the top of the table after their convincing victory over Lahore Qalandars. United, at one point, were 20 for 5 before recovering to 152 for 7. It took 75 from Asif Ali and 49 from Iftikhar Ahmed to give United a face-saving. Their bowlers blew apart Qalandars as Shadab Khan, Musa Khan, and Fawad Ahmed caused a collapse from 86 for 2 to 100 for 9.
Despite missing a match, Hasan is United’s highest wicket-taker this season. He stands at fifth in the league with 10 wickets. His career has risen from the PSL where he has always remained the star performer.