Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The curious case of Fawad Alam.





Pakistan Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday announced a list of 21 probable cricketers for the English Test series kicking off on July 14. Here are the names of the players included. The two things which came as a shock to cricket fans were ; How come Fawad Alam being the fittest among all players at the Kakul Camp, Abbottabad was ignored from the national team as well as Pakistan A team and the second question being why Yasir Shah and Hafeez were included in the training squad despite both being injured?
The justifications given by the Chief selector on not selecting Fawad Alam was that the Pakistan Middle order is stable enough with the likes of Misbah ul Haq, Younis Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmad so we really don't need him. The question which arises here is why was he not preffered over the likes of Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Zakir? He could also have been selected for Pakistan A team, Mr Chief selector. Quoting here his FC career batting average being 56.71 and still ignored for tests in England is beyond my mind. Also keeping in mind he's a left handed batsman who would have been able to tackle Broad and Anderson's swing better. Notwithstanding Fawad's reliable run scoring capacity, selectors intentionally have been forgetting him from the Test series for a long time with no reason. Every cricket fan would concur that giving Alam a chance to sit this one out is a mistake. As things at present, Fawad could be in the Pakistan side only for his splendid fielding and his fitness. David Dwyer, Pakistan's fitness coach talked about Fawad's fitness, saying his "fitness levels are through the rooftop." This was recently proved at the Kakul camp in Abbottabad as well where he was declared the fittest of all players. Fawad's magnificent fitness levels,batting performances and athletic fielding ought to have been sufficient to see this 30-year-old from Karachi in the Pakistan side.

Lets hope Fawad Alam stays optimistic and hopeful and keeps on battling for his place in a squad that frantically needs fortifications.

Here are the names of the players included.
Openers: Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Sami Aslam, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor
Middle-order: Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Zakir, Akbar ur Rehman
Fast bowlers: Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Wahab Riaz (subject to selection)
Spinners: Yasir Shah (subject to fitness), Zulfiqar Babar


Openers: Sharjeel Khan, Farukh Zaman, Jahid Ali
Middle-order: Saud Shakil, Babar Azam, Umer Siddique, Abdur Rehman Muzammil
All-rounder: Mohammad Nawaz
Fast bowlers: Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas, Azeez Ullah, Bilawal Bhatti
Spinners: Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan
Wicketkeeper: Mohamamd Hasan




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