Fawad Alam returns to Pakistan’s Test squad after 10 years

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Left-handed top domestic performer Fawad Alam finally made his place in Pakistan’s Test squad against Sri Lanka for two-match home Test series.

Alam, who has over 12,000 runs in First-Class cricket, waited for 10 long years to make a comeback in red-ball cricket. He last played his debut series against the same opposition back in 2009 where he also scored a century.

The middle-order batsman has replaced Iftikhar Ahmed in the test squad.

The 16-men squad will be led by Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan as his deputy while the other team members include Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan Sr, Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah.

Usman Shinwari has also made a comeback as he removed Musa Khan in the squad.

The chief selector-cum-head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said that they haven’t made many changes in the squad to maintain continuity in the team. “See, we have only a couple of changes in the squad. Our plan is to build the team by providing consistent chances to the players,” said Misbah while talking to the media in Lahore.

Talking about Fawad’s return to the side, Misbah said that he has been scoring runs in domestic cricket for the last four to five years and his current form can be worthy for Pakistan against a full-strength Sri Lanka’s squad.

“Fawad is a good player and we all know that. He has performed every time at the domestic level. His current form is the reason why we selected him in the squad and I hope he will continue his form,” he maintained.

To a query about the one-man army in the team, Misbah replied that there is a whole selection committee behind every decision which includes all six regional coaches and coordinator Nadeem Khan.

“There is a perception among people that I am the sole authority to make decisions but this is not correct. We work as a team and all decisions are based on mutual understanding,” he highlighted.

It must be noted here that Pakistan will play the first Test against Sri Lanka from December 11-15 in Rawalpindi while Karachi will host the second Test from December 19-23.

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