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View Poll Results: Who should Fawad Alam have replaced in the Test Squad

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  • Asad Shafiq

    2 4.08%
  • Babar Azam

    5 10.20%
  • Fakhar Zaman

    4 8.16%
  • Haris Sohail

    1 2.04%
  • Imam-ul-Haq

    28 57.14%
  • Saad Ali

    1 2.04%
  • Sami Aslam

    3 6.12%
  • Usman Salahuddin

    2 4.08%
  • He shouldn't have been picked

    3 6.12%
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    Who should Fawad Alam have replaced in the Test squad for the series vs Ireland and England?

    Fawad Alam has once again been ignored and it has been a big talking point. Who, if anyone, should he have replaced in the Test Squad?

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    Imam ul Haq. He may be a good prospect but his domestic performance is not consistent enough.

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    Haris Sohail in my view holds the advantage.


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    Imam is a good prospect but we don't need another opener plus his FC stats are mediocre

    PCB must only focus on FC players who average 40+ in FC

    Imam has played very few matches so his sample size is inadequate and can improve.

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    Imam-Ul-haq is definitely one for the future but his current selection dosen't make any sense. We already have three other openers in the squad and we can't ignore the fact that He averages 34 in FC cricket(Fawad averages over 55).
    Last edited by Poutine; 16th April 2018 at 19:32.

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    On merit, Fawad gets in ahead of every batsman in the squad except for Azhar.

    They could have easily picked him in place of Babar, Sami, Imam or Shafiq. Terrible decision all-round from this think tank!

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    One of the openers should have been reached by a fast bowler.

    Fawad isn't needed outside of UAE.

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    The selection of Sami Aslam is redundant.


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    Imam is not test-match level yet. He should not have been there at all.

    Plus Babar has had a mediocre career as well. On what basis is he being retained for so long? ODI format is very different, so basing on his bashing of poor Windies side to be made a regular in tests is not the greatest of ideas.

    Asad Shafiq has been very poor investment for us as well. The guy has not developed his game much in all these 8 long years.

    Fawad could have replaced any of them.

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    Fawad is rightfully out of the squad. First of all he has had a poor couple of seasons. Second of all, piling up runs in Pakistan domestic cricket is not the only criteria of selection. Fawad Alam would have been a sitting duck in England with his atrocious technique.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Fawad is rightfully out of the squad. First of all he has had a poor couple of seasons. Second of all, piling up runs in Pakistan domestic cricket is not the only criteria of selection. Fawad Alam would have been a sitting duck in England with his atrocious technique.
    Fawad averaged 41 and 55 last 2 seasons, how is that poor by any stretch of imagination ??? And if we go back 2 more seasons it was 56 and 72.

    A cumulative avg. of 56 in last 4 years !!!

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    Imam was picked due to him been related to Inzi and also because of lame excuse its WC next year and youngsters need exposure of UK conditions even though its a test series!

    No need for 4 openers in sqaud for just 3 test matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomboom6 View Post
    Fawad averaged 41 and 55 last 2 seasons, how is that poor by any stretch of imagination ??? And if we go back 2 more seasons it was 56 and 72.

    A cumulative avg. of 56 in last 4 years !!!
    Poor wasn't the right word, but he hasn't been at his best. He has been outperformed by many other people, people who are techincally far superior to Fawad.


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    Even Faisal Iqbal averaged 45 to Fawad Alam’s 40 this season.

    Fawad Alam is a has-been in steep decline.

    He has a weird technique in which he doesn’t get his eyes over the ball. And as he has aged, his reflexes and his eye have deteriorated, and he only has 4 centuries in 3 seasons since he reached the age of 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomboom6 View Post
    Fawad averaged 41 and 55 last 2 seasons, how is that poor by any stretch of imagination ??? And if we go back 2 more seasons it was 56 and 72.

    A cumulative avg. of 56 in last 4 years !!!
    Why would you induct a 33 year old batsman who has made 4 centuries across the last 3 seasons?

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    Players are not selected based on stats.pottential skills and a lot other things must be considered.
    Last edited by UN talkz; 17th April 2018 at 12:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Why would you induct a 33 year old batsman who has made 4 centuries across the last 3 seasons?
    an 30 year old haris what stats he has even he was sruggling in psl and not better than faddi stats across the last 3 seasons in domestic
    babar in 11 test what stats he has
    only one saad is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Fawad is rightfully out of the squad. First of all he has had a poor couple of seasons. Second of all, piling up runs in Pakistan domestic cricket is not the only criteria of selection. Fawad Alam would have been a sitting duck in England with his atrocious technique.
    so just close the domestic door and pick player on likes and dislikes basis.
    other country too, need to follow this, so they can win big events like WC and CT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by letme alone View Post
    so just close the domestic door and pick player on likes and dislikes basis.
    other country too, need to follow this, so they can win big events like WC and CT.
    It's not on a like or dislikes basis. Scoring runs in Pakistan domestic cricket does not make a player good enough for international cricket. A player's techincal ability should also be taken into consideration. Fawad Alam simply does not have the technique to suceed outside of the subcontinent. It would be suicidal taking him to England.


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    Nobody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    It's not on a like or dislikes basis. Scoring runs in Pakistan domestic cricket does not make a player good enough for international cricket. A player's techincal ability should also be taken into consideration. Fawad Alam simply does not have the technique to suceed outside of the subcontinent. It would be suicidal taking him to England.
    brother, may be you right, but question
    1- how they put situation between saad and faddi... 4 for first position ...
    2-and then made stupid statement after selection..
    3-after every single selection they says don't wory every player will select ...if and if ...

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    He can replace anyone in the current squad.

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    Bobby or Asad considering he is a middle order bat


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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Why would you induct a 33 year old batsman who has made 4 centuries across the last 3 seasons?
    Disillusionment, disappointment, disenchantment, lack of passion all are contributing factors. You don't even want to get out of bed after facing disappointment after disappointment.
    I failed one exam and that failure beats the **** out of you everyday of the team. To be consistently failing in getting to achieve what you want, can mentally erode you, and make you doubt your very existence.


    Rejection can bring a man down, but honestly after 5-6 years of it, you just say to yourseld, see its not worth it, whats the point after playing so many games a year, in empty stands with no one watching, a system that is hell bent on ignoring you, whatever you do will be ignored, whatever you say will be held against you, and wahtever you do will never be deemed good enough.

    The same guy who averaged 71 in one season, is being grilled for averaging 40, and that 40 being used as a bashing stick to call him 'not good enough now' - well the fact is he was never good enough for the people who mattered anyway even when he averaged 70.... so quit trying to justifying an omission that has its roots stemming from decisions that are not cricketing based.
    Last edited by waleed88; 18th April 2018 at 01:06.

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    out of you everyday of the week*

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    Those who are bashing people are those people who have never faced disappointments in life, or never realized what it means to lose something despite giving your best week in week out... When you see someone who doesn't deserve make it, it kicks you in the gut like nothing else.

    Only the people who never realized this willl know what it does to a person deep down inside.. you start to hate your very existence and start to hate yourself more than anyone else
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    The only thing probably will hurt players like Fawad and Sadaf is that they play in the FC competition. They are the best in that competition. They have been told that playing well in the domestic tournament will enhance their chances of being picked in the national team and yet they don't get picked. The guy played a test almost 10 years ago and hasn't played a game after that. Very sad state of affairs, it is not as if the Pakistan team was loaded with ATG batting line up in those 10 years. Younis, Misbah, Yousuf, and Azhar come to mind in various stages of those 10 years other than that some mediocre players got test caps.

    So what does this tell people in the domestic set up? Even if you perform in domestic FC competition you have to do well in PSL to get a national call up. Not everyone is a all format player, imagine a Pujara who wouldn't make a lot of ODI X1's around the world but is a valuable test player for India. He does not even get picked in IPL anymore. I agree that Mickey is doing a good job with Pakistan LO teams but he is going the wrong way in picking test teams. That is just my opinion, PSL should have nothing to do with Test team selections.
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    Well I think Azhar should open.

    Then you dont need all three fakhar, sami and imam. That is too many openers.

    Probably should come instead of imam.

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    You can't sacrifice a player of Babar's class or Shafiq's temperament for the likes of Fawad Alam. We've all seen Mir Hamzas stats for List A cricket and WOW this guy is the second coming of Wasim Akram. What differentiates him and Fawad? They both play the same tournament, equally good stats.... but no one believes Hamzas stats cause the batsmen in the tournament are trash???? So why are we believing Fawads Stats?? Domestic bowlers bowling to batsman of international standard. Plus there obviously must have been a reason as to why he wasnt selceted, he may have not played as good as we think against the likes of Amir in the nets or maybe his technique isnt as sound as we thought or maybe most likely he didnt fit in the team plans

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    After the series is over and hindsight being 20/20 maybe he could not have done any worse than those selected for this tour.

    The question is will he now make a comeback or the same players will be persisted with?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fawad_wellwisher View Post
    After the series is over and hindsight being 20/20 maybe he could not have done any worse than those selected for this tour.

    The question is will he now make a comeback or the same players will be persisted with?
    Maybe he should come into the XI for UAE tests, replacing Haris.

    We do need someone who can make hundreds and play spin well. Fawad can do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Fawad is rightfully out of the squad. First of all he has had a poor couple of seasons. Second of all, piling up runs in Pakistan domestic cricket is not the only criteria of selection. Fawad Alam would have been a sitting duck in England with his atrocious technique.
    Please do let me know what is the criteria then?

    Inzi, Younus, Yousuf all scored tonnes in domestic before they got in the team. Please let me know what should the criteria be?


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    Quote Originally Posted by asifp View Post
    Please do let me know what is the criteria then?

    Inzi, Younus, Yousuf all scored tonnes in domestic before they got in the team. Please let me know what should the criteria be?
    Yes, you need to score runs at domestic level, but that is not the ONLY criteria.

    You also need to demonstrate sound technique, good temperament, good game awareness, and the ability to score big. Demonstrating sound technique is probably more important than the rest.

    And before you bring in the likes of Chanderpaul and Smith, both of them have unconventional but sound techniques. They both are stable and balanced when they strike they ball, meanwhile, Fawad Alam falls over every second ball. The Australians worked him out within 2 games in ODIs, and he could not even buy a run against the likes of Bangladesh ever since than. The exact same thing would happen in tests, he is technically too deficient. I can only see him scoring on absolute flat tracks with lower bounce and no movement.


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