*Alam likely to be next T20 captain
Ahmad Shahzad’s controversial statement and Umar Akmal’s poor performance gave way to in-form Fawad Alam to lead the national Twenty20 team.
The sources told this scribe that the important decision of naming Pakistan T20 captain is in line and it is highly likely that Fawal Alam would replace M Hafeez as new T20 captain. The announcement in this regard would be made in a few days, the sources added.
“Fawad’s brilliant performance in Asia Cup and sensible and responsible batting against Sri Lanka impressed the decision makers of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who are almost agreed to announce him as T20 captain,” the sources said.
In his 17 innings of 24 T20 matches, Fawad Alam scored just 194 runs with the average of 17.63 and his best score is 28. He managed to score just 14 boundaries in his 24 matches while on the other hand, Ahmad Shahzad, in his 26 T20 matches, scored 666 runs with the average of 27.75 including one century and three fifties and his best score is 111. Umar Akmal played 56 T20s, and scored 1221 runs with the average of 27.75 with the help of six fifties, his best is 94 runs. He smashed 94 fours, 35 sixes in his impressive innings while he also took 36 catches and also managed two stumps. He also performs wicketkeeper responsibility.
The stats clearly indicate who is capable of performing the major responsibility of leading the team. Now it’s up to the cricket board decision makers, if they reconsider their decision in the larger interest of the country or just do stuck to their current decision.