Former players questions Fawad Alam's exclusion from Pakistan squad

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    LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said on Sunday that the exclusion of middle-order batsman Fawad Alam for England, Ireland series is 'beyond comprehension'.

    The former fast bowler said: "Players play domestic circuit in view of getting an opportunity to play international cricket. I cant understand why Fawad is not getting an opportunity, he is still out from the squad despite scoring runs in domestic on an average of 50 in the last three-four years. It's beyond me."

    32-year-old Fawad Alam who scored 10,742 runs in 145 first-class matches with the average of 55.37 was not picked by the selectors for Ireland, England tour.

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    Poor Fawad Alam neglected once again!

    It appears that the chief selector Inzamam ul Haq preferred his nephew Imam ul Haq over him in the test squad. Fawad is a middle-order batsman and Imam is a specialist opener of T20 and ODI format. According to critics, Imam’s inclusion looks superfluous in presence of the three openers in the test squad.

    Fawad was among the fittest cricketer in the fitness tests camp held at the National Cricket Academy for the cricketers ahead of the selection committee meeting.

    Akram said that Coach Mickey Arthur's is focused to give the opportunity to young players but where should a senior batsman go who is consistently scoring runs.

    He predicted that the Pakistani team will get tough competition against both the home sides.

    Responding to a question, Akram lauded the inclusion of opener Fakhar Zaman in the test squad. "Its good to have Zaman, he puts pressure on the opponents like Warner and Sehwag," he said.

    Akram said that fast bowler Wahab Riaz has bowled well in the Pakistan Super League but he lacks consistency.

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    Pakistan former captain turned cricket commentator, Ramiz Raja, has slammed the strategies of cricket selectors for the upcoming tour of Ireland and Eagland.

    Addressing his fans on social media, Raja said that he is unable to understand why fast bowler Wahab Riaz was dropped out of the 25-members Test Camp for the upcoming tour of Ireland and England.

    “I ask why Riaz is not picked, as he was among the most impressive bowlers in the Pakistan Super League, bowling over 150kph and reversing the ball. So if there is no Yasir Shah at the disposal, who will take the wickets? I believe the next best choice for Pakistan was Riaz, which they missed out on,” said Raja.

    Speaking about the batting line, Raja questioned the decision to introduce Azhar Ali as the opener alongside hard hitting batsman, Fakhar Zaman, who will be making his Test debut. “Ali shouldn’t open the batting, because if he gets out early it will create a lot of pressure on the amateur looking batting order, so he should bat at number three”

    “Meanwhile, trying out Zaman as an opener in English conditions is a bad idea, because Zaman’s batting is weak under the seam friendly conditions offered in England, if we want to introduce Zaman as an opener he should be used in the local Asian conditions first,” he added.

    Pakistan, under the leadership of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, will play against Ireland, which will be their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11 to May 15 in Dublin. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England at Lord’s from May 24 to May 28 and Headingley from June 1 to 5.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2018/04/16/411935/ramiz-raja-slams-pakistans-strategies-for-upcoming-tour/
     
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    Rashid Latif slams selection committee for ignoring Fawad

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif on Monday posed serious questions to the national selection committee over makeup of the national squad which will play Tests against Ireland and England next month.

    Speaking to Dawn a day after chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the 16-man squad Rashid expressed his resentment over the continuous omission of Fawad Alam, the left-handed Pakistan discard who averages 55.35 in first-class cricket.

    “How come Fawad has not been selected when Pakistan are in dire need of experienced guys to beef up the batting,” Rashid asked from his adopted hometown of Islamabad. “The simultaneous retirements of Younis [Khan] and Misbah [ul-Haq] after the West Indies tour last year left a gaping hole in the Pakistan batting and which was brutally exposed by an under-strengthened Sri Lankan bowling line-up on the slow pitches of the UAE.

    “My question to Inzamam is straightforward. Why Fawad was included in the pre-tour camp when he wasn’t in the [selectors’] radar for the three Test matches coming up in alien conditions? I’m perplexed by some of the selections made by Inzamam and company.

    “Just imagine Fawad last played a Test in 2009 when he was 23-year-old. I feel very sorry for him [Fawad] because before Inzamam took as chief selector, the previous heads [of the national selection committee] Mohsin Khan, Mohammad Ilyas and Haroon Rashid all ignored his rightful claims to play for Pakistan at the highest level,” the vocal Rashid added. “It’s like handing a sentence to someone who has committed a heinous crime. Inzamam’s committee has done a financial murder to Fawad given how much Test players are paid these days. His track record speaks for itself with those 27 centuries and 10,742 first-class runs.”

    Rated among the best wicket-keepers of his era, Rashid even queried the logic of selecting limited-overs specialist Fakhar Zaman and feared the dashing left-hander would struggle in testing conditions of Ireland and England.

    “When Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam are two openers with Imam-ul-Haq as the third, what is the point of having Fakhar as the back-up [opener] when only three are sufficient,” he questioned. “The inclusion of fourth opener is a bad formation from the selection committee. And I just can’t understand that Inzamam has spoken about giving experience to the batsmen of playing in English as preparations for the World Cup next year. Out of the lot picked for this tour how many of them will at the World Cup? Because Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sami Aslam surely won’t get picked in the [World Cup] squad and then I’m not sure whether Fakhar would be playing in the coming Tests, so where on earth one makes an illogical statement of Inzamam’s because Test, one-day and for that matter T20 are totally different formats.

    “It seems surreal what the chief selector has uttered. It’s like beating about the bush because there is no sense in picking players just to give them experience.”

    Rashid further said that Mir Hamza, the left-arm fast bowler who was part of the squad during the Sri Lanka series last October, should have been picked along with Sadaf Hussain.

    “Both are extremely talented youngsters with outstanding record. Hamza has 258 first-class wickets at 18.22 while Sadaf has got 358 wickets at 18.37. Compared those figures with that of Rahat Ali’s Test statistics, only 58 wickets in 20 Tests at 37.43…. No comparison,” he concluded.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1402034/rashid-latif-slams-selection-committee-for-ignoring-fawad
     

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