Pakistan cricket and Karachi Kings coach Mickey Arthur indicated that Fawad could include in the team but he has to work on his hitting. In his recent interview on Thursday he said that:
“Look at his techniques to see how many pulls and the types of strokes he has in his armory, and how many boundaries he hits. It was good to have Alam at NCA. We got to know about his fitness for the longer format. I wanted to make sure every individual improves their performance. Our T20 team is doing well and I think our ODI team is quite decent too. Now we need to get back to the top in Test cricket too.”
He was basically invited to the National Cricket Academy to evaluate his technique and fitness for the test side. After the inspection, coach seemed to be not satisfied and said;
“Fawad needs to score more boundaries in order to get in national selectors’ radar.”
Our test team is struggling since the departure of former captains Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan. We need experienced batsmen in our middle order lineup. Last year, Pakistan was on number 1 but now they have dropped to 7th position due to poor and inconsistent performances by team. In these circumstances, coach is looking forward to Fawad Alam but instructed him to work on his boundaries.
Last year, Pakistan Cricket board conducted a camp at PMA Kakul. Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Shan Masood, and Fawad Alam were among the fittest players. However, at that time sources said that Fawad inclusion in team is nearly possible but when the team had announced he was not in the squad. The chief selector, Inzimam ul Haq said to media that:
“We prioritized those players that meet a certain fitness criteria.”
On this take, Fawad Alam was disheartened and while talking to media he showed his sadness:
“I’m used to this treatment. This is nothing new for me. Everything happens according to God’s will. My faith is strong. If I say I’m not disheartened I’d be lying to myself.”
He further added:
“I am disheartened and why shouldn’t I be? But that’s only for that time. You have to move on and look forward. The domestic contests are not televised. When I saw myself on TV I was also surprised. I’ve tried to change it, however. The renowned players say it boils down to the accumulation of runs in the end. Sometimes I also face trouble because of the stance, but I try to manage. I should play better and continue to work on my fitness. My father understands and supports me and cricket does not stop here. If I am not representing Pakistan, I’m playing domestic.”
Last year, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan stated that:
“I’m saddened over Fawad Alam not been picked in Pakistan’s Test squad against England.”
Do you think hitting boundaries is important in the test cricket? What’s your take on this?