Although more runs were made than anyone else in the top notch circuit, the circuit board never gave him a real chance

Fawad Alam isn’t particularly vain, but for most of a decade he might have wondered if the politics of Pakistani cricket were just meant to put him at a disadvantage in Two Tests after he debuted in Colombo in 2009 Having put together 168 third-innings, he would be dropped in New Zealand after a few mistakes.Not dropped that he was transferred to home cricket to recover after having a few runs under his belt, more like being out of a parachuteless plane thrown He disappeared as if he didn’t exist at all

In the decade that ends on this test, Alam may have disappeared, despite beating all the running cards anyone from the prime scene in Pakistan has looked at by 2013, Alam had the highest batting average in Pakistan’s prime history, a record He’s still claiming to have had more runs than anyone on the premier circuit since the start of the 2015/16 season, and among the active players, only Steven Smith and Hanuma Vihari have better prime averages than Alam’s 5660

As Alam piled on the barrels every time the Quaid-e-Azam trophy rolled around, it became a familiar sight, as did another overall less pleasant spectacle when squads were announced for upcoming tours, Chief Selector chasing after Chief Selector, Captain and Trainer questions from the media and never satisfactorily explained why it was the man who had more runs with a superior average than anyone selected before him consistently given the cold shoulder There were murmurs about the balance of the squads , Paying lip service to horses for courses and, though no one publicly said it, private concerns about his awkward, crab-like demeanor, this at a time, mind you, when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was topping the ICC test rankings at the age of 40

There is absolutely nothing that the various stakeholders in Pakistani cricket agree on, but anyone who has come through the board door through various reigns of chairman, coach, manager or captain seems to have made a pact to Preventing Alam from getting closer to the national side that might sound conspiratorial, but if there was a real reason to ignore a man whose average flirted at 60 season after season, even though top-tier games in Pakistan routinely have pre-lunch games ended on the third day, this never became very clear

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It would get worse for Alam. If successive coaches and chief voters left him out, people wondered, often loudly on primetime television shows, there must be a reason no one seemed to want him anywhere near the national side, after all It is difficult to question the collective wisdom of Dave Whatmore, Waqar Younis, Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower and Misbah-ul-Haq, let alone the myriad of others who have played prominent roles in national decision-making for decades Isolation

All Alam had to do at this time was cut away the last splits in the arguments made for his isolation, and the blunt tool he used was the sheer volume of his runs he scored so many , so frequent and so predictable that he seemed almost obsessive, and every time he was verbally abused for home series, away series, and series where players were rested, you could be sure that he was on some nondescript cricket pitch across the country another huge hundred showed up

A decade has passed. The youthful, boyish appearance gave way to a confused face, a bushy beard and a wonderful mustache on the handlebars. The punching position became a bit more extreme; it did no harm to the runs scoring The 23-year-old, who was dismissed at Dunedin, saw his 20s slip past a national team that constantly needed batsmen who could play long, patient innings, especially in seam conditions like England and New Zealand When he finally got a shot a decade later, he faced what was perhaps England’s best bowling attack of all time, and he did 30 runs in all series

Babar Azam’s injury gave him one more try in New Zealand, but while Alam might be grateful for the opportunity, it was hard not to watch him grind out those innings without inflating justified indignation every now and then This man was told that his domestic form would not lead to international success, that flaws in his technique would be exposed if he returned to international cricket, that this cricketer who averaged three runs more than anyone else in Pakistan’s top class History was such a hopeless thing that he didn’t even deserve a chance to ever put a test cap on again

Anyone who has bothered to watch Alam play cricket during this time has seen a man who handled the New Zealand attack the same way he handled top-notch cricket in Pakistan, turning the fight into a war of attrition on the final day, left 64 of the 269 balls he faced alone and defended another 89. He left Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson when they got short and pulled them when the ball hung at chest height. He was vigilant against the fast bowlers but attacked Mitchell Santner on when he was introduced he could have bet in QeA for the National Bank of Pakistan; It was the same game book and it has been translated into international cricket a great deal

Eleven years, five months and 16 days after that other life, when he scored his first Test one hundred, Alam Wagner pulled behind the square – that shot had served him well both in defense and attack – on a deep Divers over to educate him a second Test hundred it was in the same country as his last test match, and it was not one of the most significant centuries a Pakistani player could ever hope to score for with only Javed Miandad having in a fourth inning for Pakistan outside of Asia ever received more shipments against a nation currently stronger than ever before Test in a row that saw New Zealand unbeaten at home against Asian opposition You have won 15 of them. Your tempo attack has over 800 test wickets between them Alam was not brought to this side; if anything, he was doomed

But none of that worried him.As he lifted his bat and helmet into his dressing room, the feeling of justification must have been almost transcendent.He knew that despite a career whose potential would never be realized, he had proven his point They were all wrong in saying he wasn’t that level, wrong in saying he was technically weak, wrong in saying his top notch stats deserved to be overlooked

Without ever saying a word in defense, he had taken them all. They were all wrong and Fawad Alam was right

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