Fawad Alam was looking set to score yet another hundred in domestic cricket when Central Punjab were taking on Sindh in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Faisalabad. The left-handed batsman, who has not played an international game since 2015, needed just 8 more runs to reach the triple-digit mark. However, he ended up edging an outgoing delivery from Naseem Shah behind the wickets and missed a well-deserved ton.
And what followed thereafter was completely unexpected. As soon as Fawad edged the ball, he started walking towards the dressing room. On the other hand, Naseem Shah, who is just 16-year old, showed remarkable maturity and respect. Instead of celebrating the big wicket, the 16-year old gave a heartwarming send-off to Fawad by folding his hands.
Here is a clip of the incident
نسیم نے بھی فواد عالم کے سامنے ہاتھ جوڑ دئیے RESPECT ✊ 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/DNLOX7cU4I
— Rashid Latif راشد لطیف 🇵🇰 (@iRashidLatif68) October 30, 2019
Naseem Shah stars with the ball
Naseem Shah, meanwhile, starred with the ball in the game. In the first innings of the match, the youngster picked up 6 wickets for just 78 runs. It was his spell that helped Central Punjab bowl out Sindh for 256 after scoring 313. The match, nonetheless, ended in a draw. Central Punjab declared their second innings on 273 for 5 while Sindh were 158 for 8 when the proceedings ended.
Naseem Shah will be looking to continue his form in the upcoming Test series against Australia. The right-arm pacer has been added to the Test squad for the two-match series. In the bowling friendly conditions of Australia, the youngster could announce his arrival. He is known for generating speed and has the ability to swing the ball late.
Talking about Fawad Alam, he continues to wait for another recall from the Pakistan team. He has not been recalled in the team since 2015. The closest he came to selection was in 2018 when another fine season in the domestic arena helped him get a call for a 25-man training camp ahead of a tour to Ireland and England. However, he could not make it to the final 16-member squad.
Since then, Fawad has not even come close to a call-up. Pakistan’s treatment of Fawad is really baffling considering the batsman’s record in first-class cricket. The left-handed batsman has scored over 11,000 runs in first-class cricket at an astonishing average of 55.68. So far, he has represented Pakistan in 3 Tests, 38 ODIs and 24 T20Is, scoring over 1,000 runs across formats.
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