Due to travel restrictions, PCB facing problems in sending Hasan Ali abroad for treatment

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Due to ongoing travel restrictions in wake of COVID-19 lockdown , Pakistan Cricket Board is facing difficulties in sending pacer Hasan Ali abroad for specialist treatment for a back injury.

Geo News Channel quoted, Dr Sohail Saleem, who heads the medical board of the PCB, as saying that the board had obtained opinions and diagnosis from experts in Australia and South Africa and a decision on where to send Hasan would be taken once the travel restrictions ease out.

Hasan has not played for Pakistan since last year’s World Cup in England and only appeared in some matches of the Pakistan Super League in February-March before breaking down with the back problem.

He pointed out that last September also Hasan had developed a back problem and it was obvious he now needed permanent treatment for it.

“Rehab and therapy is one option while the other is to have specialised surgery to set this problem right once for all,” Dr Saleem said.

Cricket activities are also suspended in Pakistan since March although the PCB has hinted that it might start allowing the centrally contracted and some other Pakistan probables to start individual training at the national high performance centre in Lahore.

A source said head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq was working out a plan and this could include individual training or allowing groups of three and four players after taking all the necessary bio-security measures to ensure they are not infected by the contagious disease.

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