Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pakistan recall forgotten Alam for SL Tests; Anderson back for SA tour

Pakistan recall forgotten Alam for SL Tests; Anderson back for SA tour

An inexperienced Pakistan side were comfortably whitewashed by Australia in the two-Test series Down Under last month.

Alam last played a Test match against New Zealand at Dunedin in 2009, eight months after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore that shut the doors of global cricket on Pakistan. The left-hander has been in red-hot form during the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and was justly rewarded with a place in the Pakistan team. He accumulated 781 runs at an impressive average of 71 in the competition, racking up four hundreds and six fifties.

The first Test starts in Rawalpindi from Wednesday, a match that marks the return of Test cricket to Pakistan after ten years.

The second Test will be played in Karachi from Dec.19.

Fawad has so far played three Tests for Pakistan in which he has scored 250 runs, including one century. Along with, he has also represented the Males in Inexperienced in 38 ODIs and 24 T20Is.

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"Mohammad Musa will not be part of the squad, but he will remain with the side so that he can continue to work on his bowling with Waqar Younis". Losing 3-0 to a relatively inexperienced Sri Lankan team at home in T20Is followed by a T20 as well as Test series whitewash Down Under at the hands of the Aussies. "I am sure he will make up a good combination with Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi", he added. Changes have been made only where they were required, he affirmed.

Chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday that the left-handed batsman was selected because of his recent prolific scoring in domestic cricket.

"We are now seeing Australia as a huge learning experience and will make all out efforts to overcome the weaknesses that have been identified". "The PCB will continue to acknowledge and hold similar events for others cricketer as we are now road to hosting regular worldwide cricket at home", the board added in the press release. "The perspective is that it's a one-man show", Misbah said.

"We also trust Abid as he has the ability to serve Pakistan cricket in future for a long time but Imam was given chance because he had played good cricket on our last [Test] tour to South Africa", Azhar said.

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