Ali has made 92 appearances for Pakistan across all formats, taking 148 wickets.
However, he hasn’t played any international cricket since recording figures of 1-84 against India at the 2019 World Cup in England.
The right-arm fast-medium bowler has had injury problems in recent times, with critics pointing to his lifestyle and exuberant celebrations as possible explanations.
However, Ali has rejected those arguments.
“It hurts when you have given blood, sweat and tears for your country and then some people mock you and throw ridiculous and unsubstantiated allegations at you about a lack of professionalism,” he told PakPassion.net.
“I have seen people say that I got injured due to my celebration which is ridiculous, yet the PCB medical panel has no problem with my celebration. Neither the medics or I have any issues with my wicket-taking celebration, so I will continue with my celebration whether people like it or not.”
Ali missed out on Pakistan’s recent tour of New Zealand and instead turned out for Central Punjab in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The 26-year-old believes his performances prove that he’s healthy again and capable of returning to the international circuit.
“I’m ready and this is why I played nine back-to-back first-class matches and performed with both bat and ball,” he continued [PakPassion.net]. “During the whole Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, I never left the field once when our team was fielding.”
“I’m fit and ready and now it’s up to the selectors and team management if they feel they are ready to pick me. Whatever I could do on the field with both bat and ball, I feel I have done.”
The PCB are soon set to name their Test and T20 squads for series’ against South Africa, who are touring the country for the first time in 14 years.
With spinners likely to play a big role in both formats, Hasan Ali might not be able to break back into the Pakistan fold just yet.
He’ll be eager for opportunities ahead of T20 World Cup in October, though, and perhaps the selectors will reward him for his efforts in domestic cricket sooner rather than later.