Cricket: Faisal looks to make it big this time

Published: May 11, 2012

Iqbal last played for Pakistan in the infamous Sydney Test in January 2010, scoring 27 and seven as Pakistan failed to seal the win. PHOTO: FILE AFP

KARACHI: It’s not the first time Faisal Iqbal has made a comeback to the national squad but the middle-order batsman wants it to be the last, insisting that the form he is in will help him become a permanent name in the playing-eleven.

Iqbal last played for Pakistan in the infamous Sydney Test in January 2010, scoring 27 and seven as Pakistan failed to seal the win. The emergence of Azhar Ali and the performance of Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq meant that the selectors did not need a replacement. However, after a phenomenal domestic season, he gets another chance to add to his 1,438 international runs.

“I am at the peak of my career as I’ve scored seven centuries this season and am targeting a strong comeback,” Iqbal told The Express Tribune from London. “I was a replacement player in my early days but now I want to become the mainstay of Pakistan’s batting line-up for the remaining eight or nine years of my career.”

He added that by constantly playing domestic cricket, he has been able to overcome his weaknesses and ruled out the age-factor, citing examples of others who have been impressive in their comebacks despite having crossed the 30-mark.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • khan
    May 11, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Good luck faisal …keep working hard and u will get ur reward.

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  • naeem hussain
    May 11, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Selectors should give just one good reason why Faisal Iqbal is selected? He has become part of the team because Javed Miandad and Iqbal Qasim are close friends nothing else.

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  • Irtiza
    May 11, 2012 - 8:29AM

    There are some palyers who score only while playing domestic cricket and Faisal is one of them.

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  • ali
    May 11, 2012 - 9:35AM

    Crap..Parchee

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  • shah
    May 11, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Worst decision…no need at all after asad shafiq, azhar, younis and misbah performing so well. Even Umer akmal is a better bet than this dozen time tested useless bat

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  • Ali Syed
    May 11, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Faisal suffered a lot just because he is related to Miandad. He has great temperament and technique for test matches. Good luck!

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  • Sagacious
    May 11, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Good luck, dude!

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  • Cricket Fan
    May 11, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Faisal Iqbal once again means one spot in the team wasted, selectors should have in the mind the future of the team and instead of Faisal they should have selected Usman Salahuddin…a great future prospect…I urge all readers to check this guy’s age and record that speaks for itself…and then check faisal’s record…nothing special all ordinary.

    If they have to get someone from Karachi then why not Fawad Alam…168 in the debut test and then dropped after 3 tests…even Khurram Manzoor is better option for sight seeing purpose…why Faisal because he is a relative of Miandad????

    Poor selection then what should I say about Sami….an average of 52 in the test cricket worst bowling average in the world for a professional bowler…still he is getting chances????
    When we have so many youngsters in the line why Sami again…very very very poor selection….wasted spot one more.

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  • May 11, 2012 - 10:42PM

    He has tried to make it big several times before!!

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