A decade of perseverance with out due reward lastly paid off for Fawad Alam on Saturday after the batsman was named within the 16-man Pakistan squad for the upcoming Test sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka.
It’s considerably becoming that Alams comeback in whites for the primary time in over a decade additionally coincides with the return of Test cricket on Pakistan soil after a equally excruciating wait.
With the terrorist assaults on the touring Sri Lankan crew bus in 2009 bringing worldwide cricket to a halt within the nation, Pakistan have needed to play their residence matches within the UAE over the previous 10 years. Throughout that interval, Alam has performed the lengthy toil on the home pitches of Pakistan in a first-class profession which very few gamers in historical past can boast of.
Solely 21 batsmen within the historical past of the sport, together with Sir Don Bradman and the good Sachin Tendulkar, have averaged greater than Alams present numbers of 56.84 (minimal of 50 innings).
Of them, none belong to Pakistan. Solely Pakistans legendary batsman Hanif Mohammad comes shut with a median of 52.32. Mohammad can be the one Pakistan man to breach the 12,000-run barrier in first-class cricket in faster time than Alam, who attained the feat simply a few days in the past.
Regardless of placing up these stellar numbers, the 34-year-previous failed to search out a place within the Test squad for the Australia tour picked by head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq. Being ignored for choice was a script all too acquainted for Alam, but that it got here underneath a newly put in regime helmed by Misbah would have undoubtedly been a bitter capsule to swallow for him.
He has been sidestepped for a Test recall by a number of selectors earlier than Misbah, though his performances within the home circuit have really been getting higher with every passing 12 months. In truth, former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had even declared final 12 months that he has seen higher batsmen than Fawad” in response to a question about his continued omission.
To his credit score, the left-hander has continued to soldier on regardless of turning into a close to pariah in Pakistan cricket and used the frustration to churn out runs at a good better depth. On this seasons ongoing Quaid-e-Azam first-class competitors, Alam has scored 781 runs already at a staggering common of 71. In that run, the Karachi-born man has registered a double ton, three centuries and 6 fifties to lastly drive Misbahs hand.
It was Misbah who was the skipper of the Pakistan facet for a giant chunk of the final decade and the 45-year-previous by no means as soon as deemed it match to name up Alam, whilst he wasted away his prime years toiling in home cricket.
Nonetheless, his groups abject and tame give up just lately in Australia has pressured him to lastly flip to Alam who comes into the squad instead of Iftikhar Ahmed. The worth of serious first-class expertise can’t be ignored anymore by Misbah, particularly given how his comparatively inexperienced squad was turned overwith easy easeDown Beneath.
With the matches in opposition to Sri Lanka happening on Pakistan soil, it makes much more sense to recall Alam who has made it a behavior of plundering runs on pitches throughout the nation. It could be a few years too late in its coming but it’s a comeback Alam has thoroughly earned and deserved.
It might have been simple for anybody in his sneakers to go on a public tirade in opposition to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for repeatedly ignoring him. As an alternative, he has quietly gone about his enterprise away from the limelight and continued to precise his hopes of enjoying for the nation once more.
Some may say his axing from the Pakistan squad after simply three Assessments in 2009 was unjust in itself, on condition that he had averaged greater than 40 after slamming a ton on debut. That century was registered in opposition to Sri Lanka and as soon as once more, it’s befitting that they’re the opponents for his lengthy-awaited comeback.
He has let his bat do all of the speaking for him in his forlorn years within the background, and he’ll little question need it to make all of the noises when the Test sequence in opposition to the islanders will get underneath approach on Wednesday in Rawalpindi.
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