UAE series: 'Fawad can come in handy against England'

Published: December 15, 2011
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Fawad Alam is the second highest run-scorer in the ongoing Quaid-i-Azam Trophy. PHOTO: FILE AFP

Fawad Alam is the second highest run-scorer in the ongoing Quaid-i-Azam Trophy. PHOTO: FILE AFP

LAHORE: Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Iqbal Qasim has tipped Fawad Alam to come in handy in the upcoming series against England, given the all-rounder’s impressive show in the ongoing Quaid-i-Azam Trophy.

Alam, the second highest run-scorer in the tournament, made his last international appearance in a Twenty20 against New Zealand last year and has been overlooked since. Qasim, however, pointed out the importance of having a left-handed batsman in the middle-order and said the 26-year-old could be useful against England.

“I think Alam is playing well and is a good cricketer,” Qasim told The Express Tribune. “He can come in handy as a middle-order batsman and his fielding is up to the mark as well. The team management should consider his performance.”

Qasim added that Alam needed to be considered as a batsman and should be included for the longer format as well after a century on Test debut in 2009.

“The management should take him as a middle-order batsman rather than an all rounder. He’s a good enough batsman and fulfils all the requirements, so it will be a good decision to take him with the team.”

Fawad hopeful of comeback

Meanwhile, the left-hander, who has represented Pakistan in 27 One-Day Internationals, 24 Twenty20s and three Tests and is currently playing for NBP in the Quaid Trophy, remained hopeful of donning the national colours again and hoped that the selectors would give him another chance.

“My job is to perform and that’s what I’m doing,” said Alam, who has scored 840 runs in the season so far. “I’m hopeful that my recent performance will remind the selectors of my potential. I won the best batsman’s award in the Pentangular Cup and I’m focused on the four-day version of the game.

“Now its up to the selection committee to decide on my inclusion in the team.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • shahab
    Dec 15, 2011 - 4:48AM

    Dear Shahzada Usman saab y cruel….u didnt feel the need to mention the name of Leading run scorer but created a story for second highest achiever…i wonder if admin let my comments go…..

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  • blithe
    Dec 15, 2011 - 12:13PM

    He has so far been disspointing on the world stage.

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  • Ali Tahir
    Dec 15, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Fawad Alam is the 3rd highest scorer in QAT Division 1. Afaq Rahim from Islamabad leads the tally with Muhammad Ayub of Sialkot as the second highest scorer. However Fawad Alam enjoys a much better average in the current season as compared to them

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  • Word Life
    Dec 15, 2011 - 12:30PM

    Actually he is at number 3, so this article is factually incorrect. Allow me to share the top five in the list:

    Afaq Raheem (Islamabad) (962 Runs)
    Mohammad Ayub (Sialkot) (929 Runs)
    Fawad Alam (National Bank of Pakistan) (905 Runs)
    Mohammad Yasin (Sialkot) (795 Runs)
    Umair Khan (Islamabad) (768 Runs)

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/quaid-div1-11/engine/records/batting/mostrunscareer.html?id=6876;type=tournament

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  • Chilli
    Dec 15, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Different viewpoint, he is far better as he acheived 900+ in lesser number of innings. His average is on top and he is far far better than disappointing Shoaib Malik.

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  • Zzzz
    Dec 15, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Not him again, we already have many batsmen who are slow in scoring. The poor guy cannot clear the ropes no matter how much he tries. We would definitely need to score fast against England. The targets to chase would definitely be 300 plus.

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  • Sharjeel
    Dec 15, 2011 - 7:25PM

    when i see fawad out of the team i feel that serious injustice is being done to a really talented player.. as long as Afridi was in charge he got chances but now many dont even remember him. his test debut against Sri Lanka should be a lesson to all his critics..

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  • Adil
    Dec 15, 2011 - 9:22PM

    NOt again …MUNNA koi muscle shuscle bana kar aoo…remember how swann shamed u on England Tour…dont wanna see that again plzzzz….

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  • Arsalam
    Dec 16, 2011 - 12:03AM

    I can smell the disaster again. We should remember that this is team pakistan fighting for the lost glory & cricket pakistan can not afford any such injustice on ethnic grounds.

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  • shahab
    Dec 16, 2011 - 2:38AM

    world is seeing sehwag 200 type innings…..cricket has a fast pace now….it isnt necessary that every cricketer who scores in domestic has to play international…..like imran khan says in domestic rizwanuz zaman etc were top scorers each yr but didnt had calibre to perform at international….domestic pitches n opponents r different…so natural talent regardless of scores/averages can shine at interntional scene like it has always been in Pak case..n unfortunately fawad lacks that brilliance required for internaional cricket.

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  • Imtiyaz
    Dec 16, 2011 - 6:22PM

    Imaran naazir is 10 times better player than fawad.It just that he’s not backed by the captains

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  • Khan Rehmat
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Afaq Rahim Is The Highest Runs Scorer Of Quaid E Azam Trophy
    He Scored Almost 1087 if I am not wrong.
    We want Him against Eng in Upcoming SeriesRecommend

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