Fawad Alam robbed of comeback as PCB’s nepotism continue

BY: | Waqas Jawaid Arain |

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People say good things come to those who wait but this is neither accurate nor applicable in Fawad Alam’s case. He must wonder what he has done to be on the receiving end of such treatment from Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee.

A sixteen member squad for Pakistan’s tour of England and Ireland was announced today and as expected selection committee once again neglected most fittest player “Fawad Alam.”

Pakistan’s Mr. Consistent of domestic has scored at a staggering average of 55 since his debut in 2003. 32-year-old Fawad Alam has scored 10,742 runs in 145 first-class matches.

Fawad started his cricketing career at a young age of 17. There were early signs of his brilliance when he scored an unbeaten 43 in the semi-final against arch rivals India, helping Pakistan reach the final of U-19 World Cup which they went on to win. That innings cemented Alam’s reputation as a talented left-handed all-rounder, something Pakistan has agonizingly lacked since the days of Wasim Akram.

The real breakthrough for Fawad came in the 2006-07 season where he out-performed everyone in a local T20 tournament. Despite losing the final, Fawad went home with all the awards of the tournament; Man of the Final, Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler award.

He was also fifth highest run-scorer in Quaid-e-Azam trophy and in shorter version of the game, he was the second highest run-scorer and highest wicket taker in the competition for Karachi Dolphins.

All of his performances were too overwhelming and he was deservedly called up for the international side.

Fawad has played three tests for Pakistan and also scored a brilliant knock of 168 runs on his second Test innings against Sri Lanka in 2009.

Fawad demonstrated his magnificence with the bat in 2014 when he was given a run in the Asia Cup. In his first ODI after four years, he scored a match saving 70-ball 74 during Pakistan’s chase of a daunting 326 against Bangladesh.

Despite his remarkable average of 69 runs in eight ODIs in 2014, he was dropped from the ICC World Cup 2015 squad. Fawad can be a suitable replacement for either of the retired duo of Misbah-ul-Haq or Younis Khan but unfortunately PCB’s nepotism still continue against him.

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.

It appears that the chief selector Inzamam ul Haq preferred his nephew ‘Imam ul Haq’ over him in the Test squad.

A look at players who were given preference over Fawad Alam:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fawad was among the fittest cricketer in the fitness tests camp held at the National Cricket Academy for the cricketers ahead of the test tours, despite of it he was neglected.

Fawad Alam’s surname is not ul Haq, shaikh or Masood, so why PCB will select him? Selectors had only invited him in camp for face savings, as the player was not provided a kit in training camp.

Responding over his non-selection Fawad Alam said that, “It seems other players runs in domestic cricket are of a greater importance & more relevant to selectors. Maybe my domestic runs are being scored in Bangladesh, Kenya or elsewhere & not in Pakistan, so that’s why they are not important and are being ignored.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq is behind Fawad’s exclusion from team: Sethi

Last year when it was questioned from PCB chairman Najam Sethi about Fawad Alam’s exclusion he said that  only chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq can answer questions about Fawad’s continuous non-selection.

Sethi said that it is not possible for him to force selectors to pick players in the team.

“Ask Inzamam about Fawad’s non-selection. I won’t recommend on his behalf, I can recommend him but I cannot force [the selectors],” said Sethi.

The character of Fawad Alam is front of everyone as we didn’t have seen him raising his voice on different platforms like our politicians does and chants slogans like “Mjhe Q Nikal.” Now it is reasonable and I am sure that if Fawad could score 15000 runs in domestic cricket still PCB will not select him.

Everyone knows that Fawad and Sarfraz are childhood friends but I will not blame here Captain Sarfraz Ahmed responsible for exclusion of Fawad Alam as he is not the only one to pick team. Chief Selector Inzimam-ul-Haq and Coach Mickey Auther doesn’t like him which is the main reason behind Fawad’s ditch.

No doubt Imam is a good player but Fawad is quite better than him. Imam scored century against Sri Lanka in UAE, the ground and pitch where every domestic player can easily score a hundred.

Fawad Alam’s exclusion has left Twitter users and sports journalists in Pakistan over searching for answers.

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair demands justice for Fawad Alam

People trolling Chief Selector

While most players would probably give up on their dream to represent their country had they gone through so much turbulence in their short careers, let’s hope Fawad Alam remains upbeat and optimistic and continues to fight for his place in a squad.

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