Pakistan team faces a setback ahead of the crucial tour of Australia

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Pakistan team faces a setback ahead of the crucial tour of Australia

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan team faces a setback ahead of the crucial tour of Australia.

Pakistani fast bowler Hassan Ali has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against Australia with a back injury.

Hassan, who recently tied the knot with an Indian girl, was not picked for the T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this month.

The 25-year-old pacer was injured prior to the pre-season training camp and has been struggling to regain his fitness ever since. He has neither played the first half of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy nor is he part of the ongoing National T20 Cup in Faisalabad.

The right-arm quick is, however, training under the newly-appointed bowling coach Waqar Younis in a limited capacity.

Earlier, Hassan was expected to be fit again ahead of the much-anticipated Australia series, but he has been unable to shake off the back spasm so far. PCB doctors think he would require three more weeks to be fit for bowling.