ISLAMABAD: Everyone Hasan Ali is not sure about the first games of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to an ankle injury suffered during the tour of Pakistan by New Zealand. A PSL official confirmed on Thursday that Hasan was not fully recovered from his injury and could sit in the first three or four Peshawar Zalmi games.
Zalmi's leadership included first-class cricketer Umaid Asif as cover for the injured bowler. "Umaid will join Peshawar Zalmi on the cover of fast bowler Hasan, who is recovering from an ankle injury," said a statement from the PSL secretariat. However, Ali will travel with Zalmi and his injury will be monitored daily. Hasan twisted his left ankle while playing football during a training session in New Zealand, which also forced him to leave the decisive T20 international team against the Kiwis.
In another reorganization for the tournament, Peshawar Zalmi threw West Indian drummer Evin Lewis, who had already retired from the team to play for his country in the World Cup qualifiers. Riki Wessels from England joined Zalmi's team to replace Lewis.
He is the seventh foreign player in the lineup of title champions. Albie Morkel, a South African multi-athlete, also recently withdrew from PSL 3 due to family commitments. Australian bowler John Hastings will now be an active member of the Quetta Gladiator team from the start of the tournament.