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WATCH: Hasan Ali’s controversial catch ignites debate

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali was at a centre of controversy after he claimed a catch despite apparently dropping the ball in their opening tour match against Kent.

Imad Wasim hit an unbeaten century as Pakistan began their tour of England with a 100-run win over Kent on Saturday.

The all-rounder’s 117 not out, his career-best List A score, featured 13 fours and four sixes.

It was the cornerstone of Pakistan´s commanding 358 for seven from 50 overs at a windswept Beckenham and that proved far too much for a makeshift Kent side.

Fakhar Zaman, a star of the Pakistan side that won the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, made 76 and Haris Sohail 75.

Kent then collapsed to 258 all out with more than five overs remaining in reply, left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum taking four for 45 from his maximum 10 overs.

Kent were on 176 for 3 in the 30th over when Alex Blake, on 89, skied a return catch to the bowler, Hasan Ali.

Video footage emerged on Monday that showed the pacer appeared to drop the catch.

However, Ali continued his celebration as the ball lay on the ground and the batsman was not given a reprieve by the umpire.

The laws of cricket state that a catch is completed only when “a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her movement”.

The image of Pakistan cricket was damaged by a spot-fixing controversy that blighted their England tour in 2010, with three players banned from the game.

Pakistan will play a bilateral limited-over series with England before the start of the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2019 World Cup.

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