Pakistan lost the first Test to concede 1-0 lead to England. Their batting performance was dismal in the second innings. Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, after giving tips to swing the ball from the commentary box, has now advised the visitors to include Fawad Alam to strengthen the batting attack.
Pakistan top-order batsman Fawad Alam has not played a single Test since 2009. He has however been included in the three-match Test squad for England series. Earlier, commentator Ramiz Raja had also said that he will be important for the side against England. Akram, meanwhile, said that the batting needs some fine tuning and thus Alam could be included in the side.
“In the next match, you won’t find a turning wicket,” Akram told Samaa TV. “You will play with one spinner and you will have to play with an extra batsman.
“You need a middle-order batsman and Fawad Alam is the one. He is also a left-hander, so the team can have a left-right combination.
“He has an average of 56 in first-class cricket, has a hundred on Test debut, so you will have to give him a chance. So if I was the captain, I would include him in the middle order,” he added.
After making his debut in 2009 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, Fawad Alam played three Tests. He has scored 250 runs at an average of nearly 42 with the high score of 168 runs. Meanwhile, in the ODIs, he has played 38 matches and scored at an average of 40.25 but has not been a part of the national team since 2015.
Alam, however, has been a regular feature in domestic cricket and scored at an average of nearly 57.