Fawad returns to Test for SriLanka series.

Fawad returns to Test for SriLanka series. After waiting for a decade, Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Fawad Alam finally returned to the Test fold of the national side as he was named in the squad for the upcoming two-match series on home soil against Sri Lanka.

Fawad returns to Test for SriLanka series.

Alam, who scored a century (168) on his Test debut in Colombo against Sri Lanka, last represented Pakistan in the game’s longest format against New Zealand in Dunedin during his 2009 debut year. He has only three test matches under his belt, despite a long time ago playing his maiden Test.

During the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the left-hander was in red-hot form and was reasonably rewarded with a spot in the Pakistan team.

In the previous round, Alam followed up his double century, against Southern Punjab, with a century against Balochistan, a few days ago, to lift the 34th ton of his remarkable career in the first class. It was the third century of the tournament for the 34-year-old.

“Fawad Alam has been performing at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the past six years, which is why he was given a chance on the national side,” Misbah said during a press conference.

At the cost of rookie pacer Musa Khan, Pacer Usman Shinwari was also added to the side, while middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed was removed from the side.

“Musa is not part of the squad, but as bowling coach Waqar Younis wants to keep working with him, he will stay with the side,” he said.

In particular, Misbah was worried about the side’s bowling department with the retirement of seasoned pacers like Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in mind.

“Because of Wahab and Amir’s departure, our biggest problem at the moment is bowling,” he said. “We have no choice but to give a chance to new faces and hopefully in the future, they will be successful, but we need to be cautious.”

“Musa is not part of the squad, but as bowling coach Waqar Younis wants to keep working with him, he will stay with the side,” he said.

In particular, Misbah was worried about the side’s bowling department with the retirement of seasoned pacers like Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in mind.

“Because of Wahab and Amir’s departure, our biggest problem at the moment is bowling,” he said. “We have no choice but to give a chance to new faces and hopefully in the future, they will be successful, but we need to be cautious.”

“Usman Shinwari has been recruited as part of the Pakistan cricket team set-up over the past few years, backed by his agility, form, and ability to bowl long spells at a good pace, which was evident during the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. I’m sure Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Naeem Shah, and Shaheen Afridi would make up a good mix, “he said.

Squad

Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imamul Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah and Usman Shinwari. News report on Fawad returns to Test for SriLanka series.

Source: Newsagency