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Cricket World Player of the Week - Fawad Alam


Fawad Alam's average of 38.20 from six test matches might seem ordinary, but this is no ordinary tale.

The last test match that the Pakistan left-hander played before his heroics in the Boxing Day test match against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui and the two opportunities he got on the Pakistan tour of England in 2020 was more than a decade ago in New Zealand.

Alam had all the makings of becoming the mainstay of the Pakistan middle order in the years to come when he struck 168 in the second innings of his debut test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo in July 2009. After he added 32 and 34 runs in his next two matches, he was given a cold shoulder and not recalled in the team for over a decade.

Whatever the reasoning to this was - suspicion over his technique not being good enough to replicate his first-class success at the highest level or the lack of respect towards his runs in the domestic circuit - not getting another go after scoring a century on debut is difficult to wrap your head around.

Especially, when you are pounding runs in first-class cricket and have scored 12,835 runs from 173 first-class matches at an average of 56.54, including 37 centuries and 61 half-centuries and are ending up among the top batsmen in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy year after year.

It was a statement from Fawad Alam when he struck a brilliant century in seriously testing conditions while facing 269 deliveries against New Zealand to hit the point home that the recall came a decade too late.

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