One notion that seems to have acquired momentum is the accusations that Nasir Jamshed is merely a FTB (with his 3 consecutive ODI hundreds against India being cited as evidence) and subsequently, not deserving of selection as a Test opener in foreign conditions (Australia, England, New Zealand). But, my question is: is this belief justified? Since his return against Bangaldesh in the 2012 edition of the Asia Cup, Jamshed has scored 1030 runs at a batting average of 34.33 from 31 ODIs. Merely acceptable figures on their own but one must not forget his sudden drop in form after the 2013 Champions Trophy against the West Indies - where his average dropped from 46.06 (inclusive of his 50 in that ODI) to 34.33 in a matter of 14 ODIs (a run of form in which he obtained the atrocious average of 20.92, with only one 50 - which actually came at the beginning of that particular run of games). And before you make the incorrect inference, I'm not blaming Misbah-Ul-Haq's comments about Nasir Jamshed being somewhat responsible for their loss in that game for his colossal period of failure afterwards (because I think that if you don't have enough mental toughness to take criticism from your captain, you shouldn't really be on the international circuit) - although I believe it did have some sort of effect (which I believe it acceptable considering one doesn't expect their own captain to castigate them after they have performed decently, particularly in light of all of the rest of the specialist batsmen failing). Therefore, you may ask: on what basis do I make my claim that Nasir Jamshed deserves to be selected in Tests abroad once he returns to form (which I believe, for a player who exudes such elegance and class, is only imminent)? According to most people, the only team against which Nasir Jamshed has performed is India; scoring 3 centuries against the arch-rivals (thus labelling him an Indian-basher/FTB). Truthfully, upon paper it seems that this is true but his first century during the India tour (at Chennai) was scored when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was swinging the new ball quite prominently but even I can't deny that at least one of those centuries wasn't too great given the extremely flat pitch on offer - his 100 against India during the 2012 Asia Cup match at Dhaka, Bangladesh. However, what can't be denied is that Jamshed has an abundance of talent (in terms of strokeplay and sheer elegance) and his hunger/ability to score centuries is unparalleled in the Pakistan team - by any batsman. Besides, I harbour the opinion that Jamshed's centuries against India weren't his only notable performances on the international stage - his 97 against Australia at Abu Dhabi is regularly forgotten, along with his magnificent 50 against the West Indies during the 2013 Champions Trophy and his 46 on Test debut. Although his 97 was indeed scored on an absolute pancake, his two other knocks certainly weren't. In a match where the rest of the batsmen apart from Nasir Jamshed and Misbah-Ul-Haq failed, he helped Pakistan to recover in difficult batting conditions (in which the West Indian bowlers were seaming/swing the new ball and continued to seam it for the rest of the game) - until unfortunately he threw it away trying to hit Sunil Narine for six, after scoring a well-played 50. http://www.cricshare.in/champions-tr....html#tabs-2-1 Again, during the first Test against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2013 - on Test debut might I add, he scored 46 until he yet again threw it away - this time being late hooking a short delivery from Dale Steyn. After seeing the utter capitulation for 49 by Pakistan in the first innings, I believe this performance is actually worthy. There were some especially sumptuous drives during this innings. http://tune.pk/video/33062/nasir-jam...3-mymu-cricket Now, you may state: these are only two performances you've mentioned on foreign soil (but it is worth noting that is extremely unfair to label him an FTB considering his only Test series was against South Africa in South Africa, when Dale Steyn was in full flow upon pitches he probably has never seen the likes of). Admittedly, that is true and I don't have much other evidence to firmly assert that Nasir Jamshed should become our permanent Test opener once he has reclaimed his form - apart from one important factor. That is his application and hunger to score runs and his excellent technique - especially when compared to the current openers in the team. His huge loss of form was more mental than anything else. Ahmed Shehzad has a technique with which he can survive (although he needs to rectify his problems against spin bowlers) but believe me, if we continue with Khurram Manzoor on foreign, seaming pitches he will fail immediately - his technique isn't of the sufficient quality. By the way, not to be negative but both Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor probably lack the ability to score at a quick rate which Jamshed is able to do - Shehzad wouldn't be able to do it on spinning pitches (yet) and Khurram Manzoor wouldn't be able to do it regardless of conditions given he is too scratchy of a player. To conclude, Nasir Jamshed should only in ODIs and Tests and definitely not T20Is - where fitness and fielding is of utmost importance.