Fawad Alam -The left handed all-rounder has been ignored for years now. Even after performing brilliantly throughout the years.
He has been consistently a standout performer in domestic and first class cricket. Even that couldn’t persuade the selectors that he is capable of playing in the International team.
He is the only Pakistani in All time 20 great batsmen of first-class cricket.
Making his first-class debut at the age of 17, Fawad Alam played with Pakistan Customs and Karachi. He impressed enough to be selected to play in the U-19 World Cup, which Pakistan won.
After Pakistan’s terrible performance in Cricket World Cup 2007, Alam was picked up in a 16 man squad for a series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.
His debut in the 3rd ODI was one to forget, he was caught and bowled by Dilhara Fernando for a first ball duck.
His second One-day International was a better experience, as he contributed 32 unbeaten runs down the order as Pakistan beat India by 31 runs in Jaipur.
In July 2009, Fawad Alam became the first Pakistani to score a century on debut test match away from home.
In the second innings of the Second test against Sri Lanka, Fawad scored 168 Runs, this is the second highest score on debut for Pakistan. Before this Yasir Hameed scored 170 in 2003. He along with Captain Younus Khan scored 200 runs for the second wickets partnership,
After 2010 series against England in 2010 he was not picked by the PCB until the 2014 Asia cup.That was the return of Fawad Alam to the International cricket.
His first match after his recall was against the host team Bangladesh, deputizing for the injured Sharjeel Khan. Fawad Alam contributed significantly to the team’s victory, scoring 74 runs from 70 balls in a competitive chase of 326. He continued his form by scoring his maiden international ODI hundred against Sri Lanka in the final. He rescued his side from 18/3 to 260/5 with the help of Misbah and Umar Akmal.
People are getting behind Fawad Alam now and he has become a very trending topic on Facebook and Twitter.
After 2014, he is constantly being ignored by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
His performances in domestic and first-class cricket are outstanding.
The public was hoping that he will be selected for the series against Sri Lanka which will be starting from 28 September but he wasn’t even mentioned in the squad announcing conference.