Azhar Ali hints of not including Fawad Alam in playing XI

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Left-handed batsman Fawad Alam might have to wait a little bit more to play his first Test match since 2009 as he is likely to miss the first Test against Bangladesh, starting from February 7 in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan’s captain in Test cricket, while talking to a pre-match presser, once again hinted Fawad Alam’s non-inclusion in the playing XI against Bangladesh tomorrow.

“Fawad is a good player and he is in the squad due to his consistent performance in domestic cricket. We have a lot of options in the squad, I can’t disclose the playing but we will use every player when and where needed,” he said.

According to some reports, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf is likely to make a comeback in the national team after a year. Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq wants an additional fast bowler following the pace-friendly wicket at Pindi Stadium.

It must be noted here that Fawad has a handsome average of 56.84 in First-class cricket. He has scored 12222 in 165 FC matches. He last played a Test against New Zealand in 2009.

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