Pakistan news November 11, 2012

Doing everything I can to make a comeback - Fawad Alam

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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.

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

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  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Bilal94 on November 11, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Fawad Alam is one of those gritty players who are not elegant to watch but are very effective.I think he is an ideal no.5 or no.6 batsman for tests .He can even slot in the middle order just to break the trend of right handers.He will get his chance, I hope, when Misbah retires in a yearr or so.

  • Dannymania on November 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    darn everything,i personally am a big fawad alam fan.the pakistani batting is in the gutter now a days,technically speaking.azhar ali has been scoring heavily just because of good temperament,NOT because of good technique.asad shafiq is goodish,misbah is an average player,hafeez has been in good nick and is a so so player,taufiq umar also scores courtesy of his temperament,NOT technique.Younis khan has a particular technique and he is pakistan's best player because he knows his pros and cons.umar akmal deserves to play all forms of cricket for pakistan because he is better than most of the other batsmen.fawad alam is one of those very few players who has a good technique AND has a good temperament,which means that he'll succeed.no merit in pakistani cricket though,as we see that players like afridi,malik and kamran akmal play regular cricket for pakistan.what merit!danish kaneria played for such a long time!what!are u kidding me?!i hope to see fawad alam soon in the test team atleast.

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  • Dannymania on November 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    darn everything,i personally am a big fawad alam fan.the pakistani batting is in the gutter now a days,technically speaking.azhar ali has been scoring heavily just because of good temperament,NOT because of good technique.asad shafiq is goodish,misbah is an average player,hafeez has been in good nick and is a so so player,taufiq umar also scores courtesy of his temperament,NOT technique.Younis khan has a particular technique and he is pakistan's best player because he knows his pros and cons.umar akmal deserves to play all forms of cricket for pakistan because he is better than most of the other batsmen.fawad alam is one of those very few players who has a good technique AND has a good temperament,which means that he'll succeed.no merit in pakistani cricket though,as we see that players like afridi,malik and kamran akmal play regular cricket for pakistan.what merit!danish kaneria played for such a long time!what!are u kidding me?!i hope to see fawad alam soon in the test team atleast.

  • Bilal94 on November 11, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Fawad Alam is one of those gritty players who are not elegant to watch but are very effective.I think he is an ideal no.5 or no.6 batsman for tests .He can even slot in the middle order just to break the trend of right handers.He will get his chance, I hope, when Misbah retires in a yearr or so.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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.