A snappy action, extra yard of pace and mastery of reverse swing make Hassan something of a handful for opposition batsmen, but it would be fair to say that the 31-year-old is a little out of practice on the elite stage.
His inclusion in Afghanistan’s squad for the World Cup could be classified as a surprise, especially given Hassan has not represented his country in ODI cricket since July 2016.
That said, he offers experience formed over almost a decade’s involvement with the national side and a strong understanding of what the Afghan setup has gone through to get to where they are heading into the 2019 tournament.
Hassan’s family was forced to flee war-torn Jalalabad when he was a child and he learned the game in Pakistan.
Later in life, he came to England where he played club cricket, was involved on the MCC groundstaff and became the first Afghani to take to the field at Lord’s during an MCC-Select Europe XI match. He returned figures of 1-23.
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