Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten century for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2014 final © AFP
Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten century for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2014 final © AFP

 

Karachi: Mar 11, 2014

 

Returning to the international cricket circuit after three years, Pakistan middle-order batsman Fawad Alam said he now realises the value of representing Pakistan.

 

A seemingly forgotten entity, Alam was recalled to the Pakistan squad for the recently-held Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh for his consistent domestic performances.

 

He justified his selection through his brilliant knocks of 74 against Bangladesh and an unbeaten 114 in the final against Sri Lanka in the tournament.

 

In doing so, according to the Express Tribune, he became Pakistan’s first left-handed middle-order batsman to score a century in the 50-over format.

 

He played for Pakistan last in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand, and then, was sidelined despite consistent domestic scores.

 

He reveals that the years of isolation gave him the courage to fight for his place in the national squad.

 

He candidly admits that at times he felt quite disheartened over not being given timely recognition, but adds that he was fortunate to have people around who supported him in those tough times.

 

Alam said head coach Moin Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq were also very supportive.