I cannot believe what I am watching!
Fawad Alam making his test debut for Pakistan and opening the innings!
What is Pakistan doing?
Are they hell bent on destroying one of the most promising careers that has not even got going yet?
Fawad Alam has been the best batsman in Pakistan's domestic circuit for close to 4-5 years now, but he IS NOT an opener!
I am more than pleased to see him make his test debut considering that I have been writing about him for close to two years now.
But I am not happy to see him open.
He has never opened in his life! Not in domestic cricket, not for the U-19 side, not for any side!
For Pakistan to throw him at the deep end in his very 1st test match goes to show the lack of planning, and a lack of a whole lot of other things, within the team management.
Fawad might go on and do well as opener, but if he fails, it will be a major major blunder on part of the selectors and the team management.
Even if he does well, does it garantee him the opening spot? It should not; there should be specialist openers and Fawad should be batting in the middle order!
First the selectors don't select a reserve opener in the squad. Then when the team management decides to drop an out-of-form-one out of the XI, they throw a debutant, who has never opened in his life before, at the deep end of things.
What happened to Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal who have opened before?
It is just as if Pakistan doesn't want to give Fawad a proper chance to succeed at international level.
In ODIs and T20Is they bat him at 7 or 8, which hardly gives him a chance to bat; in a test match they ask him to open, which is one of the most difficult tasks in the game.
Just give him his position at number 5 or 6!