If you speak about the Pakistan national team in the last ten years, it hasn’t been the dominating best which we associated them in the past.
They have had some success in the recent past. The most recent being the Champions Trophy triumph last year beating arch-rivals India in the final. However, Pakistan hasn’t been consistent enough which has shown in their performances.
Constant chopping and changing in any squad irrespective of results put the players in jeopardy which in turn also affects the performance of the team.
It must be noted that Pakistan’s Fawad Alam is one of the most experienced players in the country. The southpaw has been a sensational performer in the Pakistan domestic circuit. Despite piling on the runs, he had failed to receive a national call-up.
Meanwhile former Pakistani pacer and one of the greatest bowlers of all time, Wasim Akram said the exclusion of Alam for England and Ireland tour is ‘beyond comprehension’. The southpaw has scored 10,742 runs in 145 first-class matches at a pretty impressive average of 55.37. Despite his impressive record, he has failed to break into the side.
“Players play domestic circuit in view of getting an opportunity to play international cricket. I can’t understand why Fawad is not getting an opportunity. He is still out from the squad despite scoring runs in domestic on an average of 50 in the last three-four years. It’s beyond me,” Akram was quoted as saying by the brecorder.com.
Alam has the capability of playing long innings
Alam is a middle-order batsman who has the capability to grind for long hours and build an innings. He had held his team together in the past. However, the chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq preferred his nephew Imam-ul-Haq in place of Alam.
The inclusion of Imam in the presence of three other opening batsmen is pretty strange.
It must be noted that Alam is one of the fittest cricketers in the Pakistan team. The all-rounder did brilliantly in the tests conducted at the National Cricket Academy. Meanwhile, head coach Mickey Arthur prefers the youngsters but the selection of an inform experienced batsman cannot be omitted.
Akram meanwhile predicted the England and the Ireland tours would be pretty difficult and it will require something extraordinary from Pakistan to harbour any hopes.