Fawad Alam still hopeful to make comeback in Pakistan team

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It seems like luck doesn’t favour Pakistan left handed batsman Fawad Alam at all. Despite his cosistance performances and impressive 50 plus average in domestic cricket, the Karachi born is still waiting to get a call in national team.

He scored an unbeaten 100 off 138 deliveries, notching his 31st first-class century, for Sindh during Saturday’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The cricketer now has 11,559 runs in 247 innings, of which 42 were unbeaten. Sunday’s century took his career average to a mammoth 56.38, which is fourth best among all the cricketers making their first-class debut in current century.

The left-handed batter has only played three Test matches for Pakistan, with his last appearance in 2009. However, the 33-year-old Karachiite said he did not consider himself to be an unlucky cricketer just because he was not picked.

“My job is inside the ground, not outside. Ups and downs are part of life. You can’t get everything on your way every time. You just don’t have to give up,” he said. “I have seen more downs than ups but thankfully that has made me even stronger and I always try to keep my chin up.”

A question that has become a regular for Fawad every time he speaks to the media pertains to how he is not included in the national team. But, every time, he has the same answer.

When, on Sunday, he was asked the same question, he said: “My job is to perform in middle. Why I am not picked is a question for the selectors.”