Sunday Apr 05, 2020
National team's former bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has pinned the blame of pacer Hassan Ali’s injury problems over the past year on excessive gym work introduced under new head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.
According to the former cricketer, Hasan was asked to deadlift 130kg—a weight he had not attempted before—and that led him to develop his longstanding rib and back problems which saw him miss a significant part of the cricket calendar.
"The management made him [Hasan] deadlift around 130 to 140kg. If someone has not lifted more than 100kg before and you ask him to lift 130kg, then obviously he would get injured. He got injured in the gym," he said.
Mehmood, who was a member of the national coaching regime under former coach Mickey Arthru, urged the incumbent management to support Hasan and Shadab Khan, both of whom are currently struggling for form.
"Hasan and Shadab were brilliant in the Champions Trophy. Everyone started expecting Hasan to take wickets whenever he came on to bowl but then people wrote him off when he didn’t perform,
"Management needs to back their players if they are going through a tough time instead of saying that he is finished or is focused on things other cricket," he said.