Pakistan’s promising middle-order batsman, Fawad Alam is still determined and focused to work hard after being ignored yet again from the national selectors of the team for the Ireland and England Tests.
“I’ll do what I know best. I’ll work hard, try my best, practice more, and play whatever domestic cricket comes my way. My cricket doesn’t end here if I wasn’t named in the squad.”
The star performer of domestic cricket is definitely hurt by being left out of the squad once again, but he believes it is part and parcel of the game.
“It hurts definitely. But I can’t just leave cricket saying there is no use. Whatever I have today is because of cricket. I respect the game a lot. Ups and downs are part and parcel of this sport, but one needs to stay positive and wait for better things to happen,” he added.
The national selection committee, headed by Inzamam Ul Haq, selected five uncapped players including Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali.
On being asked about his exclusion, Fawad Alam shrugged as he has no idea about the reason behind it.
“I don’t know the answer to this; this has been happening forever. However, a player’s job is to perform, stay fit, and wait to be rewarded,” said Fawad Alam. “As far as selection is concerned, the national selection committee can answer why I wasn’t picked. As a player I am leaving no stones unturned,” he added.
The 32-year old left-handed batsman, who maintains a First Class batting average of 55.37, also addressed why he was training in an old Pakistan kit.
“As far as the old kit is concerned, all the players are playing in the national team so they had the new kits. I had the old kit with me so I was wearing that, but I was given a new one later,” he told.
Fawad Alam did not feel alienated to the squad, he did not see any gestures from players or coaching staff that suggested he did not belong to this team.
He is looking to shine once again during the upcoming Pakistan Cup and knock national team’s door even harder.
“Pakistan Cup is coming. I will try my best to perform there. Other than that, I might go to England to play league cricket,” he stated.