Fawad Alam keeps knocking on the selectors’ door
The Selectors might have given up on him, but he has not.
Fawad Alam averages 56 in first-class cricket and in a week when Pakistan lost their first series in the UAE to an inexperienced Sri Lankan side, he challenged the selectors once again with a first-class hundred in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
For the past 7 years, Fawad Alam has been consistently performing. He scored an unbeatable 168 on debut vs Sri Lanka in 2009 playing out of position as an opener, but since then, he has played only 2 more test matches, the last being in November of the same year. In the last 12 first-class seasons, his batting average has been lower than 50 only twice and even then, in the high 40s. He has more domestic cricket hundreds than Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Muhammad Yousuf.
In any other international cricket team, the middle order would be based around him. But not in Pakistan. He couldn’t even make it to the squad after the retirement of the two legends of the game, Misbah and Younis. His recent snub was a shock to all as he would top the list for any possible replacements due to his first-class experience.
The Pakistan selection committee, led by Inzamam-ul-Haq, decided to go with Usman Salahuddin and Haris Sohail instead. While Usman hasn’t been able to feature in the series, Haris has scored a fifty in each test and has also taken 5 wickets, including 3 in one over, cementing his place.
Pakistan’s 2-0 defeat in the series may provide him with another opportunity, but the problem is that Pakistan don’t play another test match for 7 months. He has done everything right to make a comeback, and with his form over the last few years, you’d expect him to finally knock over the selectors’ door.