Hasan Ali, who is now fit after missing the previous match due to illness, displayed good form. Meanwhile, captain Babar Azam and senior player Mohammed Rizwan extended their net sessions.Pakistan, having faced four consecutive defeats, confront a must-win situation against Bangladesh to sustain their slim hopes for semi-final qualification.
With Hasan back and deemed fit to play, the team might consider including him alongside Mohammad Wasim Junior to establish a formidable four-pronged pace attack on the seam-friendly Eden pitch.
The potential strategy might involve dropping Mohammad Nawaz, who faced criticism for loose bowling against South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj.
During practice, Babar expressed his dissatisfaction with Nawaz’s performance after he erred with a delivery to Maharaj.
Hasan, in tandem with Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi, displayed a promising bowling combination. The batsmen were seen focused during the practice sessions, even against the reserve bowler Zaman Khan, known for his action similar to Lasith Malinga.
Fakhar Zaman, who had been struggling with an injury, seemed fit, along with Shadab Khan, who had been replaced due to concussion.
Usama Mir made history as the first-ever concussion substitute and delivered impressive figures of 2/45 from eight overs.
Loud music halts practice
Earlier Pakistan’s practice session in the afternoon was briefly interrupted when speakers suddenly started playing loud DJ music. Pakistan players soon objected to the music as it was then stopped.
The likes of Babar, Rizwan and Shaheen were also seen having a great time with the fans, obliging to selfies and autographs.
(With PTI inputs)