Fawad Alam
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Last Update on: August 8th, 2023 at 12:57 pm

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Experienced middle-order batter Fawad Alam surprised everyone with his decision to step away from the Pakistan National Cricket Team on Tuesday, August 8. Fawad Alam decided to leave the Pakistan team and pursue a cricketing career in the United States of America.

Fawad Alam made his international debut for Pakistan in an ODI match against Sri Lanka in 2007. The left-handed batter debuted in Test cricket against Sri Lanka in 2009. Interestingly, his final international match took place against the same opposition in Galle on July 2022.

Fawad Alam Quits Pakistan Cricket Team – Reports

As reported by Cricbuzz, the 37-year-old has concluded his 15-year career with Pakistan. Alam will now play as a “local” player for the Chicago Kingsmen in the Minor League Cricket T20. This tournament serves as the foundation for the recently concluded Major League Cricket (MLC).

The unorthodox batter will join a growing list of Pakistani players who have shifted to the USA to further their cricket careers. Earlier, Pakistan cricketers like Sami Aslam, Hammad Azam, Saif Badar, and Mohammad Mohsin made the move due to repeated omissions by selectors.

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Fawad Made Comeback After 11-Year Gap

Fawad Alam made a century on his Test debut, but he was dropped from the national team after a few matches. He was later recalled to the team after 11 years after his consistent performances in domestic cricket. He scored a century in New Zealand in his 3rd game after the comeback.

However, Alam struggled against Australia in early 2022, scoring 33 runs in four innings on flat tracks. His struggles continued when he contributed only 25 runs across two innings in a Test match against Sri Lanka. The team management decided to move away from the batter.

The Karachi-born cricketer was a member of Pakistan’s victorious 2009 T20 World Cup squad. He represented Pakistan National Cricket Team in 19 Test matches, 38 ODIs, and 24 T20Is. He registered five Test centuries and a lone ODI century against Sri Lanka in the 2014 Asia Cup.

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