Fawad Alam waits 10 years, 259 days to find a place in Pakistan test eleven. After playing 12,742 balls of first-class cricket with an average of 56. Finally when the moment has arrived for this veteran cricketer which he waited for almost a decade is not gone in the way he wants.
When the moment arrives in the ongoing second test match of three series between England and Pakistan at Southampton it is going in the opposite way as Fawad Alam wants. He came to bat at no.6 position after the early departure of Asad Shafiq. The open stance of Fawad Alam is pretty much like West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The Pakistani batsman faces the veteran England bowler Stuart Broad who is in the full rhythm in this series. The first three-ball he faced is of Stuart Broad. The very first delivery he does a nervy punch, in the next a conscious leave-alone, the third one made him beaten square around the wicket. The fourth ball brings ends to this horror comeback of Fawad’s innings at duck which is delivered from Chris Woakes who is currently considered the best allrounder in the world.
The umpire decision has gone in the favor of Fawad but England overturns the Fawad fortune by reviewing it. The decision goes in the favor of England and Alam goes back to the pavilion within 10 minutes of his comeback. He has to wait for 88 test matches to get this chance. He is on the 8th number in the list who waited for their next appearance in the international test cricket.
Moreover, all those years of hard works in his 17 years long career, in that period he has his best years at Quaid-e-Azam trophy the domestic tournament of Pakistan. He scores tons of runs at this tournament and forces Pakistani media and selection committee to see his performances. He did not get the chance during his best days in the Pakistani squad because of strong middle order performances by Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq at their stand in the home ground at UAE. Even when test cricket is a returning to Pakistan he still not get the chance, But Eventually, for England tour, the selection committee is selected him because of his terrific record in domestic cricket and experience which could be vital in England as most of the Pakistani batsman get troubles in that condition against England pacers who has the lights of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Things are not going well for Fawad Alam as there is heavy rain since the first day that even after four days one innings is completed. The chances of 2nd innings for Pakistan are looked tough so there is no 2nd innings batting chance for Fawad Alam where he may try to prove himself. The memes pages are going to troll him for his return and stance things going very gloom at the moment for Fawad. But in the current context of the series, he may get the chance in the third match of the test series. If he gets the chance which most probably he gets due to his great records and form in domestic cricket. He has to prove his hard work and dedication which brings him in test eleven and also proves the worth of his selection in the team.