Fawad Alam has been appointed to the Pakistan Test squad for his historic home series against Sri Lanka starting in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, December 11th.
34-year-old Alam returns to the test after a decade, having last played in the format against New Zealand in Dunedin in November 2009. He has earned a recall after showing good form in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy – Pakistan’s first-class domestic competition.
The top batsman has won 781 runs with 71 in the competition and won four hundred and fifty-six. In his last six games for Sindh, he scored 116, 211, 65, 107, 29 * and 92. The three hundred were all scored at the National Stadium in Karachi, the venue of Pakistan’s second test against Sri Lanka.
Fawad will take the place of Iftikhar Ahmed on the team, having only completed 44 runs in his four innings on Pakistan’s Australia Tour. Muhammad Musa, 19-year-old Paceman, was also expelled from the home series.
Usman Shinwari was appointed to the 16-member squad. Shinwari has collected eleven wickets in his last four appearances at the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, including two three-wicket moves.
Pakistan Squad Against Sri Lanka
Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari