Lahore: Fawad Alam, a commendable talent with an excellent domestic record, scored yet another century in first-class cricket tournament Quaid-e-Azam trophy despite being one of the most unfortunate players.
He was representing SSGC against Lahore Blues where he scored 105 runs off 157 balls.
The left-handed batsman has become a victim of controversies, leading to selector’s cynical approach. His First-Class record suggests that he is the only batsman from Pakistan that qualifies in 20 greatest batsmen of First-Class cricket in terms of batting average.
His phenomenal fitness coupled with outstanding domestic performances over the years have pushed the case for his Test comeback, but Chief selector Inzamam Ul Haq and the selection committee has ignored him altogether.
Selectors have overlooked the outstanding performances by Alam and picked Haris Sohail for the series against Sri Lanka, who hasn’t even played first-class cricket for three years. Tough, he did well with the bat in the series.
Some people say that “Karachi factor” plays a vital role in national team selection. The perception becomes more plausible when players like Fawad are overlooked and those like Haris are selected. Undoubtedly, Haris is a satisfactory player, but comparatively, Fawad deserves to be a part of the team.
Fawad’s career has been marked with consistent heart-rending results. Despite his remarkable average of 69 runs in eight ODIs in 2014.
Alam has now put a big question mark on selection committee by scoring another century in QEA trophy, as he is still putting together a superfluity of runs to his name in domestic cricket without getting much attention from the selectors.
Ignoring Fawad proves that performance in domestic circuit is not the criteria for selection in the national team. He holds a much better record than many players who have got chances regularly.
Still, Fawad is optimistic that he will soon make a come back in international cricket.