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Born October 8, 1985, Fawad Alam is a cricketer from Pakistan who made a promising start to his career but further failed to get on to the next level. At the age of 17, he made his First-Class debut and few good performances soon earned him a place in Pakistan U-19 team for World Cup in 2004. On his 30th birthday, Abhishek Kumar takes out 8 interesting facts about the Pakistan left-handed batsman.

1.    Son of a cricketer: Fawad is the son of former cricketer Tariq Alam — who played domestic cricket for House Building Finance Corporation, Karachi and Sind between 1974 and 1994.

2.    Century on debut: When Fawad got his first Test cap in July 2009, he showed the world what he can do with his batting by scoring 168 runs in the second innings of the match. He became the first Pakistani cricketer to do so on his debut away from home and 10th to score a hundred on his first Test. Though Sri Lanka won the match quite comprehensively.

3.    An unlucky charm for Pakistan: Well, it may have never come to anyone’s notice but Fawad’s records suggest that he is an unlucky charm for Pakistan. Both his Test and One-Day centuries have come in a losing cause. Not only this, in three of his six half centuries in 50-over format, Pakistan ended-up being on the losing side. Two out of his three fifties, which came in a winning cause, were against Hong Kong and Bangladesh. The only victory Pakistan got against a big team with his fifty was against England in September 2010.

4.    Only Pakistani in 20 greatest batsmen of First-Class cricket: Interestingly, Fawad’s First-Class record suggests that he is the only batsman from Pakistan in 20 greatest batsmen of First-Class cricket in terms of batting average. Fawad stands at 20th position with 8969 runs at 56.76.

5.    Charity match: On July 30, 2015, Fawad was the part of International Pakistani XI team in a charity match against PCA England Masters, where he scored 52 runs and his team also won the match.

6.    Notice from Board: Fawad was one of those five players who received notice from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for appearing in a commercial without permission in December 2014. The other four were Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali and Wahab Riaz.

7.    Fined by PCB: He was once fined as well, for participating in disapproved cricket matches in the United States of America in May 2014. Once again, he was not the only one to do so; other players being Wahab Riaz, Nasir Jamshed, Abdul Razzaq and Shahzaib Hasan.

8.    Suspended: In April 2013, Fawad was banned for 12 months from cricket by Karachi City Cricket Association for showing indiscipline during a Twenty20 match. Fawad was seen criticising his coach Tauseef Ahmed along with his teammates Sohail Khan and Khalid Latif during TV coverage of the event.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhik2593)