Sarfraz Ahmed Hopeful of Fawad Alam’s Pakistan Return
Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam has had already expressed dissatisfaction of being sidelined when it comes to the selection of the national team, but his national team skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is hopeful to see the former making a comeback in the foreseeable future owing to the top-flight cricket.
The 30-year-old Karachi-born batsman Sarfraz was speaking at the Urdu book release function which has been written by prominent sports journalist Saleem Khaliq.
Being the chief guest on the occasion of ‘Cricket Corner’ book launch, Sarfraz stated that the way Alam would make it to the national side because he has performed well in the domestic circuit.
According to Sarfraz, Alam also met coaches of the various clubs, as the latter was also engaged in the teams meeting at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.
Owing to the remarkable run in the domestic fold, Alam has already knocked the door of the selection committee.
In 142 first-class fixtures, Alam is averaging at 55.18, as he smashed 26-hundred and 56 fifties in 226 innings.
Moreover, Alam scored 5,526 runs in 167 List-A fixtures which further saw him smashing seven centuries and 36 fifties.
The top-order batsman Alam, who played his last international match in April 2015 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, overall represented Pakistan in 38 ODIs, 24 T20Is and three Tests.
Moreover, while talking to the reporters in Karachi on November 29, Sarfraz remarked Alam was also called up by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection committee recently.
However, Sarfraz has further praised the efforts of the 32-year-old left-handed Karachi-based professional.
Interestingly, while responding a question of a reporter, Sarfraz eventually hailed the efforts of the selection committee which is headed by former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-Ul-Haq while adding he has received massive support.
“The selection committee is supporting me,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Dawn.
Sarfraz, who played 80 One-day Internationals, followed by 38 Tests and 35 Twenty20 Internationals, further stated the administration has backed him when he requested for a player to be inducted into the squad.
“Whenever I ask for a player to be added to the team, the selection committee tries its best to make the arrangement accordingly,” Sarfraz added.
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Sarfraz reiterated the domestic performances is being observed by the PCB’s administration while adding the players are supposed to get the equal chance when it comes to the selection on the basis of pure merit.
“This cricket team plays for Pakistan, and whoever performs well will get a fair chance to play for the country,” Safraz concluded.
On the other side, PCB had already made it clear that players would be gauged according to their fitness, as cricketers who are performing on regular basis would continue to enjoy their spot.
In another pertinent question, the gloveman Sarfraz stated he does not hold any grudges over discarded wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, who was succeeded by the latter.
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As Pakistan is bound to tour New Zealand, Sarfraz remarked the team has won the fixtures in the past and would like to continue their performance as a unit while concluding there would give their best against Kiwis.
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