People say good things come to those who wait but this is neither accurate nor applicable in Fawad Alam’s case. The left-handed batsman turned 32 recently and it still feels like yesterday when he was being touted as the next big thing and a gem to have emerged from Pakistan’s domestic system.
Eight years have passed since Fawad made his debut against Sri Lanka. PCB changed its chairman 8 times, Pakistan lost its rights to host international matches. PSL became a huge success — and the run-machine is still topping charts of a rotten domestic circuit, hoping to get a glimpse from the team selectors.
Start of International Career
Pakistani selectors had some soul-searching to do after the international team faced an early exit from the 2007 World Cup. Pakistani team was criticized for being aged, unfit and more; as a result, Fawad Alam was called up as he was deemed as one of the fittest young cricketers in Pakistan.
Fawad joined a struggling side and as his luck would have it, a golden duck on his debut did not help his cause. In his first 7 ODIs, Alam had already batted at no. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; it was a clear indication that the management did not know how to fully utilize him.
Fawad Alam in action against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, 2014.
Fawad Alam And his techniques
Various selectors have taken charge but the prejudice against Alam has been the common denominator. Most selectors have remained silent whenever Alam’s omission has been talked about in media.
When we talk about merit, we talk about performances and statistics. Analyze both and you will realize that the claims of ‘merit base selection’ from PCB is utter nonsense.
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