Hasan Ali added that his immediate focus is the Test series against West Indies.
24th October 2021 will be a blockbuster day for cricket fans, as two of the biggest rivals in the sport, India, and Pakistan will clash against each other in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The match has already been hyped up, even though it is still more than two and half months away.
However, Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali has stated that the Pakistan side is not focusing on the encounter against India, as it is still far away. Ali added that his immediate focus is on the Test series against West Indies.
Pakistan beat the West Indies 1-0 in the recently concluded four-match T20I series, as three matches were washed away due to rain. Hasan Ali stated that even though the Pakistan side is happy with their victory against the West Indies, he added that there is still a tinge of disappointment as they could not prepare against a champion side.
“We’re not looking forward to the India match right now at all, to be honest with you. That’s still very far away. My focus is just on these two Tests right now. Winning away to a side with such firepower that they can hurt you anytime is great. A win is a win and we’re very happy with the series victory in the West Indies.
We’re all disappointed because we wanted to play. Even when it was raining we were all raring to go. But the weather is not in our control. Of course, the disappointment is we couldn’t prepare properly away to a champion side,” said Hasan Ali as quoted by Cricinfo.
Looking forward to Tests against West Indies: Hasan Ali
Hasan Ali further stated that he is looking forward to the Test series against the West Indies side. Adding that the Pakistan side is looking balanced, the Pakistan pacer opined that the return of Yasir Shah in dry conditions will be useful for Pakistan.
Hasan Ali concluded by stating that the Pakistan side also has a number of pace bowling options in himself, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Abbas, and will look to post a victory over the West Indies side.
“We’re looking forward to the Tests; we have a few days to get used to the red ball. I’ll try to capitalize on my form and the rhythm I’ve got going for now. Our team is very balanced. We have plenty of spinners with Yasir [Shah] coming back, and in dry conditions like these that’s very useful.
“Then we also have [pace options in] Shaheen [Afridi], Naseem [Shah], [Mohammad] Abbas, and myself. We’ve won the last two Test series [against West Indies] and we’re looking to continue that and get the WTC off in victorious fashion,” concluded Hasan Ali.