Hasan Ali ‘very excited’ to learn from James Anderson during Lancashire stint

Hasan Ali plans to choose James Anderson’s brains throughout his six weeks as Lancashire’s abroad participant and says he’s excited to observe in Wasim Akram’s footsteps after his success on the county within the Nineties.

Hasan arrived in Manchester on Saturday and will probably be accessible for six County Championship video games, beginning with Lancashire’s fixture in opposition to Kent at Canterbury later this week.

Talking on the membership’s press day, he advised ESPNcricinfo that he would “take quite a lot of wickets” and that he was excited to be again at Emirates Previous Trafford, the bottom the place he made his T20I debut in 2016.

“Actually, it is too chilly for me,” he stated, laughing. “However yeah, I’ve to regulate. I want to thank the Lancashire administration for the chance. I am very excited and looking out ahead to sharing the dressing room with their gamers; clearly we now have Jimmy bhai, Jimmy Anderson, so I am very blissful and really excited.

“Actually, I by no means spoke with him earlier than. However now I will have quite a lot of inquiries to ask him. I will disturb him. [Laughs] We all know he is a fantastic bowler. He swings the ball each methods. I will learn the way he swings the ball each methods, particularly the cross-seam ball. I will study it.”

Hasan briefly performed with Saqib Mahmood, one other of his new team-mates, for Peshawar Zalmi within the Pakistan Tremendous League, and spoke to him on Monday morning about circumstances at his new residence floor.

“Saqib spoke with me this morning,” he stated. “He advised me the ball reverses right here. We all know methods to reverse the ball as Pakistan bowlers, since childhood, we used the reverse-swing as a result of they’re robust circumstances for the bowlers in Pakistan, dry circumstances. It is comparable right here. I do know the climate is chill, however the sq. is dry and the wicket is dry so hopefully [I will] get some reverse.

“I performed with Saqib bhai for Peshawar Zalmi. He is a very good man, an thrilling participant. He simply obtained his Check debut and I am blissful for him. [In the 2021 PSL] he was one of the best bowler when he left the staff. He could not come again [for the second half of the season in the UAE], however he is a very good participant.

“I have been coming right here [for] six years. My first tour right here was in 2016 – I made my T20 [international] debut on this floor and I find out about English cricket. I’ve performed a few video games right here, within the World Cup and T20s. The ball does reverse right here and I prefer to reverse the ball.”

With Pakistan gamers nonetheless successfully blacklisted on the IPL and most of the world’s main cricketers collaborating in that match, Hasan and his worldwide team-mates have been in excessive demand for counties recruiting abroad gamers for the early levels of the Championship season.

Hasan is one in every of 9 gamers already in England following Pakistan’s multi-format collection in opposition to Australia, with a tenth, Shadab Khan, because of arrive for a stint with Yorkshire within the T20 Blast after their ODIs in opposition to West Indies in June.

“I believe that may be a fairly good signal for Pakistan cricket,” he stated. “We’ve got 9 or ten gamers who’re going to play this season and I believe that is an excellent factor for us as a unit. We will get quite a lot of expertise from right here and we’ll put it into our home and worldwide cricket.

“Since childhood, actually, we have heard about county cricket. [People tell you that] as an expert, you need to play county cricket as a result of you are going to study quite a lot of issues from there. I will observe in Wasim Akram’s footsteps right here. It is a good alternative for me.

“I have never had the prospect [to speak to Wasim]. He was in Australia and he was busy along with his household however he stated one thing on social media to me: ‘You are going to take pleasure in Lancashire’. That is sufficient for me, a legend saying one thing like that.

“I am right here for the primary six video games and I’m going to get quite a lot of wickets for my staff, Lancashire. Fingers crossed. Let’s hope I’ll take wickets.”

Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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