There are some enduring mysteries in worldwide cricket, those who produce no passable reply. Why the Lord’s floor slopes precipitously from north to south, whether or not WG Grace was a deity or a dirtbag, and the way cricket can declare to be a world sport when subsequent yr’s World Cup could have fewer members than its kabaddi counterpart.
One so as to add to that catalogue of conundrums is the continued non-selection of Fawad Alam within the Pakistan Check facet. There have been quite a few modifications of teaching workers, choice committees, and board chairman who’ve disagreed on whether or not it was sunny or cloudy. However one concern that has united all since 2009 was that Fawad doesn’t deserve a spot within the nation’s Check facet. Is it as a result of he wasn’t batting effectively sufficient? No, his home common is among the many highest in Pakistan historical past. Would he unbalance the facet? Unlikely, given his left-arm spin makes him an all-round choice. Health points? None in anyway, he has constantly been among the many fittest of his compatriots.
Right here, we have a look at what has occurred to the 32-year outdated since he final performed a red-ball worldwide for Pakistan, virtually 9 years in the past.
Fawad performs his third Check. It’s at Dunedin, the primary of a three-match Check sequence. Pakistan lose by 32 runs, Fawad scores 29 and 5. He’s dropped for the second Check, which Pakistan win. He’s but to play one other Check.
Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan calls for the T20 group to be completely separate from the opposite two codecs, aside from “excellent gamers like Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul, who match into each format”.
For all of 2010, Fawad is a daily within the ODI group. In 13 video games, he scores 532 runs at a median of 35.72. This includes three ODIs towards Australia, and 5 towards every of England and South Africa. Throughout this time, he’s the third-highest run-scorer for Pakistan with 393 runs, behind solely Afridi and Umar Akmal. He’s additionally a daily within the T20I facet, regardless of scoring simply 98 runs at a median of 12.25.
He would not play any extra worldwide cricket until 2014.
Fawad says it’s past him why he’s “nowhere within the scene” for nationwide choice. Within the earlier Quaid-e-Azam trophy season, he averaged over 66, and within the President’s One-Day Cup, over 71.
He performs an ODI for the primary time since 2010, scoring 74 off 70 balls in an Asia Cup sport towards Bangladesh, serving to Pakistan to victory off the penultimate supply. He’s a daily within the ODI facet that yr, however is dropped for the 2015 World Cup squad after a poor exhibiting towards Australia as Pakistan undergo a Three-Zero whitewash. Even so, he averages 69 with the bat for the yr.
Fawad is named up for the three-match ODI sequence towards Bangladesh instantly following the World Cup. He scores 14, Zero, and four as Pakistan undergo a historic whitewash. Fawad is dropped, maybe for the final time.
Fawad is named up for the rest of the tour of Sri Lanka, having just lately loved a prolific tour whereas captain of the Pakistan A facet. He was the second-highest scorer within the unofficial ODI sequence, averaging 99.5, and averaged just under 50 within the unofficial Check sequence.
He would not play any sport on the tour.
Fawad is called up for Pakistan’s three-Check sequence within the UAE towards England. He has loved an excellent home season, amassing 719 runs at a median of 71.9
He performs no half within the sequence.
Fawad Alam is not noted of a 22-man possible camp for the tour of England. He topped the health checks, and domestically tallied 672 runs at a median of 56.
In a season the place the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy pitches acquire notoriety for being minefields for batsmen, Fawad is the sixth-highest runscorer over the season. He’s known as up for a 25-man coaching camp forward of a tour to Eire and England.
However he doesn’t make the 16-man squad.