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Pakistan vs Australia: Shahid Afridi surprised over Fawad Alam’s non-selection for the Test series

Fawad hasn't played for Pakistan since 2015.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan and Australia are set to lock horns against each other in the two-match Test series commencing on October 7 in Dubai. While the selectors have named a strong squad to face the visitors, the fraternity is disappointed over Fawad Alam‘s continuous ignorance. Even Shahid Afridi has expressed himself on this matter now and he feels that the in-form player should be given a chance.

Fawad has been constantly piling on the runs in the domestic cricket but the selection panel led by Inzamam-ul-Haq hasn’t picked him in any of the formats. Having played 149 first-class matches, the left-hander has amassed over 11,000 runs with 29 centuries to go with the highest score of 296*. He last played in Tests for his country way back in 2009 against New Zealand in Dunedin and his last appearance for Pakistan came against Bangladesh in April 2015.

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Shahid Afridi sympathized for the 32-year-old cricketer and regretted over the fact that he wasn’t even considered for Pakistan A squad. “If Fawad could not be a part of the national squad, he should have been named in Pakistan A squad,” he was quoted as saying by News One.

Afridi backs Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been the centre of criticism at the moment after Pakistan’s disastrous Asia Cup campaign. But Afridi has backed the beleaguered skipper to lead the team in the World Cup next year and also went on to say that the captain shouldn’t be blamed always for the team’s poor show.

“Pakistan has not performed well in Asia Cup but this doesn’t mean that Sarfraz should be sacked as captain. Why is it that the captain is always blamed for the team’s loss? Yes, we had high expectations from the team. Sarfraz Ahmed is an excellent captain and should remain in charge till the 2019 World Cup,” the former Pakistan cricketer further added in support of the skipper.

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