Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali has said that left-hand batsman Fawad Alam could still make it to the team despite being ignored in PCB’s latest central contract list for the upcoming season.
Alam, who scored a century (168) on his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo, last played for Pakistan in the Test format against New Zealand in Dunedin, during his debut year, 2009. The talented batsman has since then played only 3 Test matches, despite making his debut more than 10 years ago.
“Fawad Alam is a determined player. He is an example for youngsters. Despite being out of the team for so long, he continued his hard work and eventually made his way back into the team,” said Azhar.
“He is currently part of our team and whenever he gets an opportunity, I am sure he will make it count and perform.” he added.
Azhar also explained why Alam was not able to make it into the playing XI in the home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“I try to maintain consistency in selection. I prefer making a change only when a player is not feeling confident or is completely out of form. I don’t want to chop and change too much in the playing XI, so we tried to play with the same line-up in the last two series,” the skipper said
Fawad Alam is among the 30 players in contention for a call up to the initial training camp for the upcoming England tour.