Faisal Iqbal Playing Well
Faisal Test match debut came against New Zealand at Auckland in March 2001 and he made a very good impression straightaway with a 42 in the first innings and then an unbeaten 52 in the second innings. Pakistan
went on to win the match by a whopping 299 runs. His second Test match at Christchurch was even better. Coming in at the fall of two early wickets in response to a huge first-innings New Zealand total, Faisal contributed 63 on his way to adding over a 100 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship. His second Test match at Christchurch was even better. Coming in at the fall of two early wickets in response to a huge first-innings New Zealand total, Faisal contributed 63 on his way to adding over a 100 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship.
Iqbal was called up to play for Pakistan against India in his hometown of Karachi, as a replacement for the injured Inzamam-ul-Haq
. A failure in the first innings meant pressure in the second was plentiful; it didn't seem to affect him as with some assured, trademark backfoot play and composed defence, he scored an attractive maiden Test hundred, eventually assuring Pakistan a comfortable win. He got another opportunity in the very next Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo and didn't disappoint; if his previous noteworthy innings had been attacking ones, here was a good, honest rearguard, as his 60 helped Pakistan see off Murali on the last day to secure an honorable draw. Soon after, at Lord's, he was called on to display similar traits to eke out another battling last-day draw. Fifties in three of his last four Test innings have put him back in the mix for a permanent spot in the Pakistan middle order though those matches have been played over the course of two years.Iqbal's first ODI was against Sri Lanka, a game in which the whole Pakistani batting line-up capitulated. Sri Lanka tour-Pakistan- cricinfo
He showed that he preferred to take his time to get settled in the middle of the pitch. Because of that, the selectors chose to give him his first Test match start soon after.He proved his doubters wrong by playing some solid innings especially an impressive innings against Australia which turned out to be in vain as it did not prevent a loss. He continued on for a few more tours but was ultimately dropped due to a lean period where he did not contribute significantly with the bat. He continued to play domestic cricket though and was recalled to the side after injuries hit some of the other players.
He was never cut out to be an ODI player, never crossing 150 runs in a calendar year. He played his last ODI against the West Indies in 2006. West Indies- tour of Pakistan
Iqbal has never played a T20 international for the Pakistan cricket team. He continues to play domestic games in hope that he will be called up to the team, but with the abundance of talent in the current Pakistani line-up, that remains to be seen.
Faisal was part of the test squad against South Africa
Iqbal was part of the PIA team which reached the finals of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One held at Karachi in January 2011. In the two innings he scored 0 (6) and 15 (26). Quaid-e-Azam Trophy- cricinfo
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