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Pakistan all-rounder Fawad Alam has admitted that he doesn’t know why he keeps being snubbed when it comes to being selected for the national team.
Alam has been one of the most consistent performers on the domestic circuit as his average for the past four seasons of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been 40.71, 55.54, 56 and 71.90.
Despite being ignored for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England, Alam made it clear that he will work harder and give the selectors more of an incentive to pick him in the future.
“I don’t know the answer to this, this has been happening forever. However, a player’s job is to perform, stay fit, and wait to be rewarded,” Alam was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “As far as selection is concerned, the national selection committee can answer why I wasn’t picked. As a player I am leaving no stone unturned.”
Alam was among the list of probables chosen to attend a training camp prior to the squad being selected. However, during the camp, Alam was seen wearing a different kit to the other players.
When asked about this, he said: “Coach, management, support staff and all the players were nice to me. As far as the old kit is concerned, all the players are playing in the national team so they had the new kits. I had the old kit with me so I was wearing that, but I was given a new one later.
“I didn’t see any wrong gestures from anyone that I am an outsider. The camp was good. We all worked hard and enjoyed it. We all benefited from it and the team which is going on the tour will also benefit from it.”
While conceding that he was disappointed not to be included in the Test team, Alam made it clear that he will not give up on his hopes of representing Pakistan once again.
“Being hopeless is a sin,” he said. “I’ll do what I know best. I’ll work hard, try my best, practice more, and play whatever domestic cricket comes my way. My cricket doesn’t end here if I wasn’t named in the squad.
“It hurts definitely. But I can’t just leave cricket saying there is no use. Whatever I have today is because of cricket. I respect the game a lot. Ups and downs are part and parcel of this sport, but one needs to stay positive and wait for better things to happen.”
When asked about his plans for the future, Alam said: “Pakistan Cup is coming. I will try my best to perform there. Other than that, I might go to England to play league cricket.”
He also took the opportunity to thank his fans for all the support they have shown him.
“Thank you so much and keep supporting me. I will keep working hard and Allah will not let you prayers go to waste,” he said.