The reliable sources have reported that Fawad Alam is expected to be in the playing XI ahead of the second England Test. The player will be batting at number six.
Who is to miss his place in the second test as Fawad Alam is likely to bat at 6?
He is likely to replace Shadab Khan who was more dominant in his batting rather than delivering his original form, bowling. The professional leg-spinner was given only 11.3 overs in the first test and it grabbed the attention of many as Pakistan is playing with only two spinners.
Shadab scored 45 and 15 runs respectively and picked two wickets in first innings. The bowler remained wicketless in Pakistan’s last innings.
The talented Pakistani left-handed batsman was deprived of international cricket for so long amidst the Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection criteria. The player has kept himself fit meanwhile and played List A cricket where he scored centuries as well.
The world spoke in his favor and raised queries that why Fawad isn’t eligible to meet PCB’s selection criteria. Earlier, in 2019, he was chosen in Pakistan’s 16-men squad to play test matches against Sri Lanka but later, he got disappointed once again as the board did not give him the chance to play.
The player had been chosen in the 29-men squad and after being tested COVID-19 in all rounds of the test, the player was fortunate to practice and joining warm-up sessions at Worcestershire with the 20 players to get featured in three-match T20 and Test series against England. Despite all these, he was still not chosen in the playing-XI for the first test against England.
5-9 Aug – 1st Test, Old Trafford
13-17 Aug – 2nd Test, Ageas Bowl
21-25 Aug – 3rd Test, Ageas Bowl
28 Aug – 1st T20I, Old Trafford
30 Aug – 2nd T20I, Old Trafford
1 Sep – 3rd T20I, Old Trafford