Pakistan news

Doing everything I can to make a comeback - Fawad Alam

Umar Farooq

November 11, 2012

Comments: 12 | Text size: A | A

Fawad Alam bats at the nets, Lahore, October 21, 2010
Fawad Alam scored a century on Test debut, but has only played three Tests so far © AFP
Enlarge
Related Links
Players/Officials: Fawad Alam
Teams: Pakistan

Fawad Alam scored a century in his debut Test for Pakistan in 2009, making 168 out of a total of 320 against Sri Lanka in Colombo after Pakistan were shot out for 90 in the first innings. He finished third on the batting charts in Pakistan's premier domestic first-class tournament in 2011-12, with 945 runs at 67.50 for National Bank of Pakistan. This season, after six matches, he's on top of the run-scorers' table, his 446 runs coming at 51.77.

Yet Alam has only three Tests to his name, the last of which was in November 2009. Three Tests, 27 ODIs and 24 Twenty20s. He is considered more of a limited-overs player, despite not having made much of a mark in the shorter formats and despite his fine numbers in first-class cricket, which show his technique isn't flawed and he has the temperament to succeed in the long form.

'A cricket university at home'

  • Alam grew up in the shadow of his famous father, Tariq Alam, whose two-decade first-class career ended in 1994. Tariq Alam is now a popular coach, and has mentored many modern Karachi players - including the likes of Younis Khan, Saeed Anwar and Rashid Latif. Fawad said his father is a source of encouragement for him. "I didn't need to go out to learn cricket - he was there for me to guide and take care of me," Fawad Alam said. "He is my courage and a cricket university at home who helped my career develop."

Alam quashes the notion that he is a short-format player, and puts his lack of Test caps down to luck. "I've always wanted to be prominent, and I want gain this prominence by scoring heavily. I think my first-class career is evidence enough to dispel this false perception," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I have scored runs in difficult situations and won my national place in 2007. If I am away from the national side, it is perhaps because of my luck; otherwise I have scored enough.

"I don't even buy this point, that I am only getting a chance in the wrong format. Yes, I have more success in longest format of the game, but I have been scoring in all formats. Now I am doing everything I can to make a comeback. You ask in which format? That is what selectors have to decide. I just want to focus on my cricket."

So what kept him from cementing his place in international cricket? He's payed 51 limited-overs games between May 2007 and December 2010. Former and current selectors believe that Alam was short-changed when compared with the other well-established limited-overs players in the team. "In the presence of the [Shahid] Afridi, [Abdul] Razzaq, Umar Akmal it was bit hard for him to step up and match them in limited-overs cricket," a former selector said. "These days ODI and T20 cricket demand some big hitting, which we need to see from Fawad. Otherwise he is good all-round cricketer in the longer format of the game. His temperament is well-suited for multiple days of cricket."

Alam leads National Bank of Pakistan in the President's Trophy, and is clear about the importance of his role as captain. "I believe cricket carries a lot of emotions and the captain is like a mother who always backs even if you are falling and that is a key to thrive. My hundred on debut was the result of Younis bhai's trust in me. Being a captain, he worked hard with me and helped me in the nets. I don't think any captain does that these days - he is legend and a great human being."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

RSS Feeds: Umar Farooq

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by mainul079080 on (November 14, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

I was,am always a fan of Fawad. A great wastage of a great talent. He will be the HUSSY or Bevan of Pakistan-i bet if he is given a justified run in Pak team.I also did post it many times in cricinfo in the past.I hope he will be selected in South Africa and India tour.From a Bangladeshi..

Posted by davidatlas999 on (November 13, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

M the big fan of the test player fawad.not the t20 player fawad.he should be in the squad for the test.

Posted by Extraz on (November 12, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

@WickyRoy.Paklover...mate u missed Babar Azam who is performing on regular basis in the U-19 level and he also have a good temperament he should be included in Pak team.

Posted by maqk on (November 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Definitely deserves a much longer stay in the team, specially tests This guy has passion, temperament, immense talents, and not to forget he is a terrific fielder Wish u gr8 luck in the future Fawwad Alam, u r my next captain :D

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Players like Malik and Kamran who have links in PCB are the reasons of Fawad not playing in the team!!!!!But he also has to establish some good lofted shots to survive in the limited overs format and mind u he is one of the few Karachi batsmen who have sound techniques unlike khalid ,shazaib,manzoor etc!!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (November 12, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

I personaly don't like him as a batsman bcoz he can't surpass the inner circle while opting 4 aerial route.HOWEVR HE is very consistent n a Gd accumulator Plus an excelent catcher.WE HAVE ALREADY SOME SOLID YOUNG BATSMEN WID THE LIKES OF AZHAR ALI,ASAD,whil umer,jamshaid R more talentd N gifted than the former 2.I WANT HARIS,AHMD SHAHZAD,N PROBABLY USMAN SALAHUDIN TO BE THE PART OF PAK 11 ON CONSISTENT BASIS

Posted by   on (November 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Danny Mania

FAWAD ALAM HAS A BETTER TECHNIQUE THAN AZHAR ALI pleassssssssssssse. Fawad is a good player, should be in the limited over fixtures the one dayers.....he is good when it comes to rotating strike. But please do not over HYPE him. He has one of the most unorthodox and unattractive style of play, its very crude but i know its very effective as well.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (November 12, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

I would like to see him in limited overs game, not because of hitting (or lack of) but because of his great ability to rotate the strike.

In my opinion, Fawad is the best partner for a hard hitting batsman. Why? He will not hit big shots but he would not block the balls either. In other words, by taking the single again and again he would give the strike back to big hitters. In the end thats what you want, give most balls to your best players.

Posted by Shrekk on (November 11, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

about every single thing that dannymania has said below is true. wonder if our 'experts' will ever realize this..seriously, spectators these days seem to know a lot more about technique than guys like ramiz raja, mohsin khan, inti alam, aamir sohail...

Posted by   on (November 11, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Alam would get a chance if selectors stop deserting our nation with picks like shoaib malik and kamran akmal.

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Umar FarooqClose
Country Fixtures Country Results
Group C: AJK Jaguars v P Panthers at Karachi - Sep 24
AJK Jaguars 43/0 (5.1/20 ov)
Group D: Falcons v DM Jamali at Karachi
Sep 24, 2014 (13:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Group C: Wolves v L Eagles at Karachi
Sep 24, 2014 (17:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 08:00 EDT | 07:00 CDT | 05:00 PDT)
Group D: Stags v Lahore Lions at Karachi
Sep 25, 2014 (09:00 local | 04:00 GMT | 00:00 EDT | 23:00 CDT | 21:00 PDT)
Group C: Wolves v P Panthers at Karachi
Sep 25, 2014 (13:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Group C: Leopards v L Eagles at Karachi
Sep 25, 2014 (17:00 local | 12:00 GMT | 08:00 EDT | 07:00 CDT | 05:00 PDT)
11th Match, Group A: Super Kings v Lahore Lions at Bangalore
Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days