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20:37  14 august  2020
20:37  14 august  2020 Source:   theroar.com.au

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Fawad Tariq Alam (Urdu: فواد عالم, born 8 October 1985) is a Pakistani cricketer. He belongs to Karachi and is primarily a left-handed batsman but bowls handy slow left-arm orthodox. He played only 3 test matches wherein he scored 250 runs with an average of 41.66 Alam is a late middle order

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Was Fawad Alam ready for his return to Test cricket this week in England? It seems not.

Having played his last Test match in 2009, it has been 11 years of toil in first-class cricket for the Pakistani batsman.

And in all fairness, first-class cricket in Pakistan is perhaps the worst in Asia, or maybe on par with that of Bangladesh.

Even Sri Lankan first-class cricket seems to have produced more consistent Test match players in Dimuth Karunaratne, Odisha Fernando and Kusal Mendis, in recent years.

Fawad Alam's reward for hard work and patience

  Fawad Alam's reward for hard work and patience On July 12 2009, Pakistan’s 196th Test cricketer – 23-year-old Fawad Alam – received his maiden Test cap. Scoring 168 in Pakistan’s second innings on debut, Alam had shown he had the mettle to succeed in Test cricket. But for some reason, Alam would only play a further two Tests in 2009 before receiving the axe by the Pakistan team management. It was a big blow for the Pakistan youngster. Only runs in Pakistan’s first-class tournament (the Quaid-e-Azam trophy) would receive a recall into the Pakistan team in the longest format.

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Fawad Alam has been recalled to the Pakistan Test squad for their historic home series against Sri Lanka, starting in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, 11 Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam , Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas

A side-on stance that has only got worse with time was perhaps the major fault behind his dismissal in the first innings.

You can literally see why Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former chief selector, ignored Alam, despite his high scoring charts.

Nonetheless, Alam was brought back to the Test team following three years of public outrage for the ignored cricketer.

The situation was such, following the hapless Australia tour, that Misbah-ul-Haq had no other alternative but to bring in Alam to temper the angst in the Pakistani cricketing fraternity.

Two series later, when Alam finally got his chance, he proved quite incapable of handing the English seaming conditions.

He faced four balls then got out out, trapped LBW by England seamer Chris Woakes.

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It was rather expected from a man who has bullied his way to 12,000 first-class runs on turning, flat, subcontinent decks.

Another English failure for a subcontinent cricketer!

He has another innings to redeem himself in Southampton.

But at 34, his time in international cricket is surely over.

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