The middle-order batsman last represented Pakistan in the longest format of the game in 2009
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.
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)— Zaid Hassan (@CricHassan) December 7, 2019
Inns Runs Bat avg 100s 50s Wkts
4 499 124.8 3 1 3
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.— Fawadennis Alam (@DennisCricket_) December 7, 2019
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Confused Fawad 🤣😆❤️ pic.twitter.com/XlZmjdRadP— 🄰🅁🄽🄾🄻🄳 🇵🇰 (@DaPakiGuy) December 7, 2019
FC Matches: 1⃣1⃣4⃣— Farhan Nisar (@farhanwrites) December 7, 2019
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
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 "— Umar (@YyoungDesi4) December 7, 2019
Fawad alam earlier
So glad for this struggling hero ❤ pic.twitter.com/6JpiDW8Ewx
Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the first of the three-match T20 International series, starting on January 24 in Lahore23/Jan/2020