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Fawad Alam left out due to poor form

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January 6, 2011

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Fawad Alam made a valiant unbeaten 59, Pakistan v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Dubai, November 2, 2010
Fawad Alam has four single-digit scores in his past eight innings © AFP
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One of the surprises in Pakistan's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad was the absence of batsman Fawad Alam, whose omission has been attributed to his lack of form by chairman of selectors Mohsin Khan.

"We simply could not find a place for Fawad in the squad and that was down to him not being in the sort of form needed in a tournament like the World Cup," Mohsin told Pakpassion.net.

Alam scored two half-centuries in his previous eight one-day innings, but he also has four single-digit scores, including his last two knocks against South Africa in Dubai two months ago.

Pakistan had announced their squad on Tuesday, a day ahead of the ICC's extended deadline for naming the 30. Shoaib Malik, the former captain, and legspinner Danish Kaneria have also been left out of the probables. Kamran Akmal, the wicketkeeper who has been out of favour over the past few months, has been included.

The PCB hasn't said so publicly but the trio have been under suspicion in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked Pakistan's cricket. Akmal was the subject of an ACSU notice earlier this year but has since asked for and received a written clearance from the ICC.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (January 8, 2011, 18:27 GMT)

What the hell, poor form? Can you really say that Farhat and those other failures have been in good form to kick him out his place? I love Alam, but he never gets a chance, and when he does, its in a t20, not a test, the thing that he would be SUITED to. PCB has to use their brains instead of holding a grudge and coming back with a poor excuse...

Posted by Mohammad on (January 7, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................ Fawad is not in form and his technique is not good too................ Pak does have better players in middle order... So Fawad's exclusion for the WC squad is ok !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 7, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

Fawad Alam's place has been taken by Asad Shafiq .Asad Shafiq looks a solid player compared to a meek Alam.Fawad Alam's exclusion is fair.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 7, 2011, 3:26 GMT)

Very bad luck Alam, but it was very hard for the selectors to put him in the elite group ahead of the veterans as he is not an all rounder nor an opener. We had a handful of middle order batsmen. Younis Khan, Yousuf, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, maybe Kamran Akmal so it would 've been a pretty close and risky call for the selectors to pick him ahead of one of these , but Fawad is the only player in the team that looks passionate and energetic in the field. But hard luck.Will misss you Fawad big time...but we should support our Pakistan Team whole heartedly as we still have Sohail Tanveer, Shoaib Akhtar, Afridi, Razzaq, and Akmals .... great team.!!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 7, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

@Kevin Polaski...it really cracks me up that being an aussie you have the audacity to laugh at other cricketing nations, even without our top players and allegations left right and centre we still managed to take both odi series against england and south africa to the last match!!...I agree that Ejaz Butt is the reason for our demise but whats the reason for you guys losing 3 matches in the same series by an innings??...last but not the least, its still great to be a Pakistan cricket fan and yeah the last time we played you guys, we won the t20 series 2-0 and drew the test series 1-1...I rest my case!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 6, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

being an Australian, i have to say that whatever he(fawad alam) is, he is WAYYYYY better than misbah ul haq...just looked at the Pakistan 30 man squad and saw some really random names...names that i have never seen in international cricket....but somehow they managed to make it to the 30 man squad....

there is a 46 year old player in the 30 man squad....sad to see such a good cricketing nation going down the drain because of its board...I AM A firm believer that fawad alam is better than misbah and some of the other news guys Pakistan has been trying such as ASAD SHAFIQ....fawad alam is much better than him!

Also, i saw pak rsa series recently where apart from Abdull razzaq fawad alam is the only player who performed for pakistan...i wonder how humiliating and shameful it would be to be a pakistan cricket fan...and i thought i was depressed that i am an australian....well, at least i dont support pakistan cricket.


Posted by zakaria on (January 6, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

I think a lot of people agree fawad alam is not a good one day batsmen.he has technical flaws which most teams have now exploited.But i do agree with major hammad as few others dont have good averages.But i think Umar akmal and asad shafique are such impact players that you cant ignore them for world cup.They have talent and technique on their side to back up.All players need that X factor to survive and unfortunately in the case of latter two it is helpful. I am disappointed at Hammad Azam and usman Qadir not being selected.i think they have the potential to be match winners espacially azam.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 6, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

Thank goodness they did so.... phew*** Now for the ppl who think he should be given chance his avg n strike rate is good etc etc, either being a karachiite they love him or they are friends n family for him.... or they are not in the right state of mind.... What person on earth can think of him as batsmen, only one 168 on a dead wicket agains n ordinary (at that time) srilankan attack.... two fiftees on a wicket on which even the deathly duo of morkel and steyn along with Botha harris and kallis, couldnt get us out.... the matches you ppl point are the matches we won because of our bowling, restricting SA and in summers England to a small target, in matches when he is required to score even only at 6 per over he cannot deliver, hitting a six is like hammering a mountain into pieces for him.... no timing no technique only luck to have scored 30 odd runs without helping pak to victory.... Funny he got so many chances... its good that he hasnt now... :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 6, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Yes why not World cup comes every 4 years the people incharge of selection know it may be their last chance to make money behind the scene with the inclusion of KA all said and done you canwell understand why he has been included whereas Shoaib Malik may be from another remote controlled group which may be now in a weaker position This is the strength of money guys Greed Greed Greed

Posted by KHALID on (January 6, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

I wont comment on Average or Strike rate as these are dependent on other conditions. But one thing for sure,Fawad Alam got very poor batting technique. His stance, his walking towards off side before ball is even delivered, his limited range of shorts and lack of timing and force -- all make him an ordinary batsman. He needs to work a lot on his technique before he can be considered a batsman

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