In a massive relief for Pakistan, right-arm pacer Hasan Ali has been declared “fit” to participate in training ahead of their crucial ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 clash against Bangladesh on October 31 in Kolkata.
Ali, who was forced to miss the South Africa game due to fever, is being consistently monitored by the PCB’s medical panel, which will take a final call on his participation in the Bangladesh game.
The Babar Azam-led side will kick-off their training session in Kolkata on Monday ahead of the do-or-die clash against Bangladesh on Tuesday at the historic Eden Gardens.
Notably, Pakistan’s World Cup campaign is most likely to end with the league stage of the showpiece tournament as they have displayed a shambolic performance so far, managing to win just two games against relatively weaker sides of the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.
Following that, the Men In Green has lost four consecutive games against arch-rivals and hosts India, Australia, Afghanistan and South Africa, which was the first time in the history of the marquee event.
Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the tournament’s semi-final have become bery slim because even if they win their remaining three matches against Bangladesh, New Zealand and England, they would have to rely on other teams’ outcomes.
After the Bangladesh game, Pakistan will be up against New Zealand on November 4 in Bengaluru (Day match) before taking on defending champions England on November in Kolkata.