Misbah always encouraged me, grateful Pakistan player starting to cement his place in the team says

Fawad Alam said Misbah-ul-Haq always encouraged him

Fawad Alam: “Misbah has given me a lot of confidence and encouragement”

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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam said he is grateful to head coach Misbah-ul-Haq as he has always encouraged and instilled confidence in him.

This comes after Fawad stole the spotlight on the second day of the first Test against South Africa in Karachi.

The 35-year-old scored a superb 109, which came off 245 balls and included nine boundaries and two sixes.

“Misbah has always encouraged me and after my performances in England they could have dropped me but they didn’t do that and they saw my potential,” Fawad was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “They gave me chances in New Zealand also and the management has given me a lot of support and you take that confidence to the crease with you and the concern of whether you will be picked for the next match is removed.

“Misbah has given me a lot of confidence and encouragement and these positives are what can lift you as a player and help you deliver as a player. As a player you want to deliver in every match and and not to worry about the past because people will only talk about your latest innings.”

Thanks to Fawad, Faheem Ashraf, who made 64, and Azhar Ali, who scored 51, Pakistan ended day two with an 88-run lead as they finished on 308/8.

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