Pakistan fans ‘gutted’ for Fawad Alam after England series snub

November 21, 2022
By Web Desk
Cricket
 

A frustrated Fawad Alam walks back after being dismissed— AFP

KARACHI: A large number of Pakistan fans were left disappointed after middle-order batter Fawad Alam was dropped for the upcoming three-match Test series against England.

Fawad managed 33 runs in four innings of three Tests against Australia earlier this year, while he scored 25 runs in his only Test in Sri Lanka.

Despite scoring a century on his Test debut in 2009, Alam was dropped from the Pakistan side just two Tests later.

The left-hander made the long-awaited comeback in the national side, during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2020, after more than a decade on the sidelines.

The 37-year-old has scored 1011 runs in 19 Test matches at an average of 38.88 over the course of his career, with the help of five hundreds and two fifties.

The England team will arrive in Pakistan on November 27 for the much-anticipated tour, with the first Test set to begin on December 1 in Rawalpindi.

This will be the first time England will play a Test in Rawalpindi, which has previously staged 12 matches with the home side winning five and losing three.

The second Test moves to Multan starting on Friday, December 9, and the final Test of the tour will take place at the National Stadium in Karachi, commencing on Saturday, December 17.

It must be noted that Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim announced an 18-member squad on Monday for the Test series against England.

Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Ali have been rewarded for their strong first-class performances with maiden Test call-ups.

Meanwhile, pacer Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have been dropped from the squad.

Pakistan squad

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.

Pakistan fans ‘gutted for Fawad Alam after England series snub