Fawad Alam’s decade-long exile ends as Misbah announces squad for Sri Lanka series

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Fawad Alam was the notable induction as Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq on Saturday announced the national team’s Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

Alam, who last played the last of his three Tests in 2009, has finally been rewarded for his rich vein of form in domestic circuit. He was selected in place of Iftikhar Ahmed, who was unable to make an impact in the Test series in Australia recently.

“We needed someone at number six and Fawad Alam [fits the bill]. His selection is not based on just one year. It is an accumulation of his performances over five to six years. He has a career average of 57 and is in great form right now as well,” the coach said, adding that there were only two changes to the squad.

“Dropping Iftikhar was a difficult decision. He had been doing well in white-ball cricket but it does not mean that we are cutting him out for good. Whenever we need him, we will call him back.”

“The other change is Usman Shinwari. We have struggled a little bit with bowling and Usman’s bowling and energy, even on flat pitches here, has been good.”

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