Fawad Alam has lastly earned a global recall after the left-handed batsman was named within the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Test series at dwelling towards Sri Lanka.
Alam not too long ago grew to become the second-quickest Pakistan batsman to carry up 12,000 first-class runs with solely the legendary Hanif Mohammad breaching that landmark in fewer innings.
The 34-year-olds spectacular consistency within the home circuit over the previous few years has lastly been rewarded along with his inclusion for the 2 Exams towards the islanders. The southpaws final Test look for Pakistan got here all the way in which again in November, 2009 towards New Zealand and he was dropped subsequently regardless of averaging greater than 40 in his three appearances.
Whereas he did make a quick restricted-overs return to the Pakistan squad in 2015, a Test name-up had continued to elude Alam till now. Pakistans abject show within the series whitewash on the tour of Australia appears to have pressured head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haqs hand with the veteran changing all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed within the squad.
He is among the two modifications within the squad which went down 2-zero to Australia with pacer Usman Shinwari being the opposite outdated face to return. Shinwari replaces 19-year-outdated Muhammad Musa who had a forgettable Test debut in Adelaide.
16-year-outdated teenaged pacer Naseem Shah has retained his place within the squad after impressing in patches within the Brisbane Test whereas Haris Sohail is fortunate to outlive the chop regardless of a string of poor shows in Australia.
In the meantime, Azhar Ali continues to guide the facet after changing the axed Sarfraz Ahmed as captain for the tour of Australia. The primary Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will get underway in Rawalpindi on December 11 whereas the ultimate conflict will start in Karachi on December 19.
The hosts shall be up towards a well-recognized face within the historic series with their former head coach Mickey Arthur now appointed as the brand new Sri Lanka boss. The series will see Test cricket return to Pakistan after greater than a decade with the final 5-day recreation within the nation happening all the way in which again in 2009 towards Sri Lanka itself.
It was throughout that series that the Sri Lankan group bus got here underneath assault from terrorists in Lahore, resulting in the tour being referred to as off halfway. That horrific incident noticed worldwide cricket within the nation come to a standstill with Pakistan being pressured to play subsequent dwelling matches within the UAE.
Azhar Ali (c), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Kashif Bhatti, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi.
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