Fawad Alam (Cricketer)

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Fawad Alam ( born 8 October 1985) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is primarily a left-handed batsman but bowls handy slow left-arm orthodox. Batting average wise, he is the only Pakistani in all time 20 great batsmen of first class cricket.Fawad Alam is one among the many Pakistani openers who made promising starts but failed to kick on to the next level. He made an early start to his first class career at the young age of 17, and some good performances got him selected to Pakistan's under 19 squad for the World Cup.An unbeaten 43 in the semi-final against India not only guided Pakistan to the final (which they went on to win), but also marked his status as an immensely talented left-handed allrounder (something that Pakistan agonisingly lacks).
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Fawad Alam

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Height:

    5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

  • Born
  • Date:

    8 October 1985

  • Place:

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Samreen Fawad (m. 2011)

  • Parents:

    Tariq Alam

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Batting All-Rounder

  • Bowling Style:

    Slow left-arm orthodox

  • Batting Style:

    Left-handed

  • Matches:

    3 in Tests & 35 in ODIs & 24 in T20Is

  • Wickets :

    – in Tests & 4 in ODIs & 8 in T20Is

  • Bowling Average:

    – in Tests & 86.00 in ODIs & 41.39 in T20Is

  • Batting Average:

    41.66 in Tests & 46.52 in ODIs & 17.63 in T20Is

  • Best Bowling:

    – in Tests & 1/8 in ODIs & 3/7 in T20Is

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    3/– in Tests & 9/– in ODIs & 7/– in T20Is

  • Balls Bowled:

    0 in Tests & 374 in ODIs & 90 in T20Is

  • Runs Scored:

    250 in Tests & 948 in ODIs & 194 in T20Is

  • Test Debut:

    Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (PSS)

  • Test Last:

    New Zealand v Pakistan at Dunedin

  • ODI Debut:

    Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi

  • ODI Last:

    Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka

  • T20 Debut :

    Kenya v Pakistan at Nairobi (Gym)

  • T20 Last:

    New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland

  • 100s / 50s:

    1/0 in Tests & 1/6 in ODIs & – in T20Is

  • Top Score:

    168 in Tests & 114* in ODIs & 28 in T20Is

  • Domestic team:

    Karachi Cricket Association Under-19s, Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Kings, Karachi Whites, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan A, Pakistan Customs, Pakistan Emerging Team, Uva Next

Career

Early career

Making his first class debut at the age of 17, Fawad played with Pakistan Customs and Karachi. He impressed enough to be selected to play in the U-19 World Cup, which Pakistan won.Fawad starred in the 2006“07 domestic season, finishing as the fifth highest run scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. He took a 5 wicket haul in the Twenty20 Cup final which earned him Man of the Match and was also named Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler.He was then named in the U-19 squad to play the touring Sri Lankans and South Africa Academy teams. That same year, he was invited to join the National Cricket Academy (NCA), a pool of talented individuals to be groomed for the elite level.His biggest break came in the 2006-07 season where he came to the spotlight with excellent performances across formats. He scored heavily in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy and ended the tournament as the fifth highest scorer. In the T20 cup, he bagged various awards including Man of the Final, Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler. A national call up was only a matter of time and it arrived after Pakistan's early exit from the 2007 World Cup, where he was selected for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. However, he had a forgettable debut as he was out for a first ball duck. Fawad was also selected for the World T20 Championship in 2007, but got only one game in the tournament.

Test career

Fawad Alam in Test
Fawad Alam in Test
, Fawad became the first Pakistani cricketer to score a Test century on debut away from home, and the tenth to score a century on debut. In the second innings of the Second test against Sri Lanka, Fawad scored 168 Runs, this is the second highest score on debut for Pakistan, before this Yasir Hameed scored 170 in 2003 in Karachi. He along with Captain Younus Khan scored 200 runs for the second wickets partnership, breaking the previous record of 151 runs between Mohsin Khan and Majid Khan at Lahore in 1981“82. It was also highest partnership for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.This is also 15 highest score on Test debut.[1] Records-Test matches- cricinfo This is also the highest score by a Pakistani on debut from a losing side, previously held by Younus.[2] "Statistics-Statsguru- Test matches However, just 2 Test matches later, he was dropped from the Test Squad.He continued to be in and out of the side over the next two years, and finally got his Test call up in 2009. He celebrated it in style with a majestic century in the second innings against Sri Lanka. However, his 168 could not prevent Pakistan from losing the game and he had to share the Man of the Match award with Sri Lankan Nuwan Kulasekara. However, he got only 2 more games in the Test team and was dropped. He was picked again in the ODI squad in the series against South Africa in 2010, but was left out despite scores of 48 and 59* in the series. He was not selected in the Pakistan squad for the World Cup 2011.

Quaid-e-Azam trophy

He also scored heavily in the longer version of the game namely the Quaid-e-Azam trophy where he finished as the fifth highest run-scorer. In the shorter version of the game, he turned out to be a useful ingredient of the National Bank mix that lifted the Patron's Cup, almost carried Karachi Dolphins to the ABN AMRO Cup final (second highest run-scorer and highest wicket-taker in the competition).His biggest break came in the 2006-07 season where he came to the spotlight with excellent performances across formats. He scored heavily in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy and ended the tournament as the fifth highest scorer. In the T20 cup, he bagged various awards including Man of the Final, Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler. A national call up was only a matter of time and it arrived after Pakistan's early exit from the 2007 World Cup, where he was selected for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. However, he had a forgettable debut as he was out for a first ball duck. Fawad was also selected for the World T20 Championship in 2007, but got only one game in the tournament.

International Career

Fawad Alam Played Well
Fawad Alam Played Well

Asia Cup 2014

After being dropped from all formats for three and a half years, his impressive displays domestically (most notably being the top run scorer in the President's One Day Trophy in the season 2013/14) earned him a deserved recall to the national side for the Asia Cup in 2014. His first match after his recall was against the host team Bangladesh, deputising for the injured Sharjeel Khan. He contributed significantly to the team's victory, scoring 74 runs from 70 balls in a competitive chase of 326. He continued his form by scoring his maiden international ODI hundred (114*) against Sri Lanka in the final, rescuing his side from 18/3 to 260/5 with the help of Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal. His effort was not enough though as Sri Lanka successfully chased the target to become the champions of the 2014 Asia Cup.[3] "Asia Cup 2014- cricinfo Fawad came back with a bang to the ODI side after nearly four years. He was part of the Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh, he didn't play the first two games but got his chance against the hosts and he played a match winning innings of 74, he then scored a brilliant hundred in the final but it went in vain as Sri Lanka went on to win the tournament. Pakistan will see this as the second home coming of Fawad as he can deliver with the ball and is also a good fielder.

2011 World Cup

Fawad Alam was picked to play against England in 2010 and wanted to make the most of his opportunity to get picked for the two upcoming tours and then be selected for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He also stated that he had played a little bit of club cricket in England to help him get used to the english conditions and to train for the tour.[4] "Fawad - plans". Cricinfo. Alam scored well in the first two matches but his major break came in the third One-Day International when he increased his top score to 64. He then retained his place for the ODI series against South Africa in the UAE. After scoring 123 runs in the 5 match series, he was subsequently dropped from the ODI team and later that year, lost his place in the T20 team after the tour to New Zealand. Back at first class cricket, he now captains National Bank of Pakistan. Fawad also has been highest run getter in first class season of 2012“13. Alam has been the top rated batsman in domestic cricket for the past couple of seasons as per the rankings issued on PCB website.


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