Fawad Alam bids farewell to his 15-year Pakistan cricket career, embracing a new phase with the Chicago Kingsmen in Minor League Cricket T20. His unorthodox technique and impactful legacy resonate in Pakistan cricket.
After a 15-year journey representing Pakistan, seasoned cricketer Fawad Alam has made the decision to bring his international career to a close. With his 37th birthday approaching in October, Alam is set to embark on a fresh challenge as a ‘local’ player for the Chicago Kingsmen in the Minor League Cricket T20. This transition follows the footsteps of fellow Pakistani players who have chosen to further their careers in the USA, joining the likes of Sami Aslam, Hammad Azam, Saif Badar, and Mohammad Mohsin.
Ups and Downs: Fawad Alam’s Cricket Odyssey
Alam’s Varied Cricketing Journey: From Glorious Centuries to Technique Challenges
Fawad Alam’s cricketing expedition has been marked by both highs and lows. Despite his white-ball debut for Pakistan in 2007, his role within the national squad remained intermittent. His Test debut in 2009 saw a remarkable century, but the road ahead was bumpy, with extended gaps between Test appearances. The year 2020 witnessed a resurgence, granting him a renewed chance in the Test team where he proved his mettle with centuries against formidable opponents. However, Alam’s unique playing technique met its match against Australia in 2022, ultimately leading to his exclusion after a disappointing performance against Sri Lanka.
Debates and Accomplishments: Alam’s Impact and Legacy
Debates Surrounding Technique and Legacy in Pakistan Cricket
Fawad Alam’s unorthodox technique divided opinions within the realm of Pakistan cricket for nearly a decade. With fervent calls for his inclusion echoing from former players and the media, his prolific performance in the domestic Qaid-e-Azam trophy solidified his credentials. Alam’s departure from the international stage comes after amassing over 14,000 runs in domestic cricket, spanning an impressive 201 first-class matches across 19 years. His legacy in Pakistan cricket is marked by both the challenges he faced and the resilience he exhibited in his journey.