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Twitter erupts after Fawad Alam's inclusion in Test squad

The middle-order batsman last represented Pakistan in the longest format of the game in 2009

PHOTO: PCB

Twitter erupted on Saturday as Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Fawad Alam, after a decade-long wait, finally returned to the national side’s Test fold after being named in the squad for the upcoming two-match series against Sri Lanka on home soil.

The 34-year-old replaced Iftikhar Ahmed, who managed only 44 runs in four innings in the recent tour of Australia where Pakistan lost both Tests.

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Fawad played the last of his three Test matches in New Zealand in 2009 and was last seen in Pakistan colours in a 2015 One-day International (ODI) in Bangladesh.

The left-hander has been in red-hot form during the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and was justly rewarded with a place in the Pakistan team.

"Alam has been performing so well at the domestic level so we have recalled him for a chance and we hope he delivers," said Misbah, who is the team's head coach-cum-chief selector.

Fans on Twitter were delighted at the development and a trend was created on the social media website.

Fawad Alam in National Stadium, Karachi (last month)

Inns Runs Bat avg 100s 50s Wkts
4 499 124.8 3 1 3

— Zaid Hassan (@CricHassan) December 7, 2019

 

When you hear that Fawad Alam has finally made comeback in Pakistan side#PAKvSLpic.twitter.com/RbwNpyCUSG

— Muneeb Farrukh (@Muneeb313_) December 7, 2019

 

Only fitting that Fawad Alam returns to Test cricket with the return of Test cricket to Pakistan

— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) December 7, 2019

 

Let's be honest.

I'm 100% responsible for Fawad Alam's Test return.

If you are a disgruntled player looking for a recall, just slide into my DMs.

For a modest consulting fee, I can assist you too.

— Fawadennis Alam (@DennisCricket_) December 7, 2019

 

Confused Fawad 🤣😆❤️ pic.twitter.com/XlZmjdRadP

— 🄰🅁🄽🄾🄻🄳 🇵🇰 (@DaPakiGuy) December 7, 2019

 

FC Matches: 1⃣1⃣4⃣
Innings: 1⃣7⃣0⃣
Runs: 8⃣3⃣4⃣0⃣
100s: 2⃣8⃣
50s: 3⃣4⃣
Average: 5⃣7⃣.5⃣2⃣

Fawad Alam since his last test match exactly 10 years ago (24 - 28 Nov 2009)

Good luck Faadi on your comeback, you are a champion! 👍💪😊 pic.twitter.com/8JeOrIEQSF

— Farhan Nisar (@farhanwrites) December 7, 2019

 

Did the press room erupt into standing ovation when Fawad Alam’s name was announced!?

— SillyTiddy (@SillyTiddy) December 7, 2019

 

"Cricket is bread and butter for me and my family "
Fawad alam earlier
So glad for this struggling hero ❤ pic.twitter.com/6JpiDW8Ewx

— Umar (@YyoungDesi4) December 7, 2019