Cricket Fawad Alam, speaking at a press conference in Karachi on Sunday, called his “debut” to Test Cricket later this month.
After being benched for more than a decade, Alam is set to return to the test line-up in Pakistan. The left-hand middle-order batsman is part of the 16-member squad that will face Sri Lanka later this month in two tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
Speaking about the upcoming Tests, Alam said that he feels like he’s debuting again in Test cricket since his first game was also against Sri Lanka. “Hopefully, I can perform the same way I did on Sri Lanka’s turf when I made my Test cricket debut.”
Commenting on the 10-year gap in his test career, Alam argued that he was still positive. “Ten years is a long time. So remaining motivated is difficult for one. But, if you have the help of your family so surround yourself with positive energy, you will find it within yourself to keep knocking at the door.
“Sometimes you feel [frustrated] that your name is not coming up. But I cannot ever imagine leaving cricket. It is my bread and butter and our families depend on it,” he expressed.
“It’s heartbreaking as you are trying your best to perform and deliver. However, you must keep looking towards the future and force yourself to keep on knocking. The door is bound to open some day,” he added.
“All of my focus is on the upcoming Tests. I will try to deliver my best and use what little I know.”
Alam said it was up to “to make the series a success for all of us.” He encouraged cricket lovers and enthusiasts to make the event a success for the world to come across a positive side of Pakistan. “All of us as a country, as well as Pakistani cricket, will benefit from this.
“Test cricket is returning to Pakistan after such a long time. I urge cricket lovers to come see the matches which will be thoroughly enjoyable.”
When asked to comment on the criticism from Inzamam-ul-Haq where the former chief selector had stated that he has seen better players than Alam, the cricketer refused to comment.
“He’s a legend. I can’t compare that. It’s not appropriate for me to reflect about something he’s done. I’m just going to try and give my 100 percent. When I continue with these stuff about myself, it will have an effect on my mindset. I’d rather have a positive outlook.”