Time just isn't right for Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam

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Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam just can’t catch a break nowadays. He is not considered good enough to be even part of the touring team, despite being one of the most prolific batsmen in Pakistan’s first-class cricket for 10 years, even as limited overs players and batsmen with modest returns getting Test caps.

Fawad’s exclusion has left many, including the player himself, perplexed. And just to add to the bemusement, the 32-year-old batsman managed to get himself timed out this week.

One of the rarest forms of dismissals in cricket, timed out implies a batsmen being declared out if he fails to reach the batting crease within two minutes of a fall of wicket. And Fawad got dismissed using that rarely witnessed ruling while he playing for Clitheroe Cricket Club in the Lancashire league.

Not only did Pakistan batsman suffer the ignominy of being timed out, he ended up breaking the dressing room window by accident.

Fawad insisted it was all a series of unfortunate incidents. “The dressing room window broke accidentally during the league match,” Alam was quoted as saying by the Daily Express. “It’s not my fault and the umpires also agree with me. Never in my career has a finger been pointed at me for indiscipline, so this incident was unfortunate and painful for me .”

Needless to say, Fawad is not in the best frame of mind (apologies for the pun) and he must be wondering what’s more in store for him.

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Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis apologises for eating birthday cake during Ramadan

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Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis issued an apology after a video was posted of him eating a piece of cake to celebrate the 52nd birthday of his former team-mate Wasim Akram, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The two Pakistan veterans were in Headingley as England leveled the Test series. Akram turned 52 on Sunday and Waqar was joined by commentator and former batsman Ramiz Raja in celebrating the legend’s birthday.

In a video posted on Youtube, Akram is seen cutting a cake and sharing it with Younis and Raja.

The former captains received criticism on social media with many saying they failed to respect the rules of the holy month while also disregarding others who are fasting.

Waqar issued an apology on Twitter, stating: “[I] apologise to everyone for cutting cake on Waseem bhai’s birthday yesterday. We should have respected Ramadan and the people who were fasting. It was a poor act on our behalf.”

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Sohail has been included in the place of the injured Babar Azam.

Pakistan on Monday announced their 15-man squad for the two-match T20I series against Scotland beginning on June 12.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will continue to lead the side with teenage pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi retained after his promising debut against the West Indies in April.

Pacers Rahat Ali and Usman Shinwari also return to the side with spearhead Mohammad Amir included in the squad too despite his knee troubles. Babar Azam, who suffered an elbow injury in the first Test between England and Pakistan, has been replaced by Haris Sohail in the squad.

Also included are the Islamabad United duo of Asif Ali and Hussain Talat, who were given their Pakistan debuts in the three-match series against West Indies.

Pakistan’s engagements in England came to an end on Sunday with an innings defeat against the hosts in the second Test at Headingley which saw the two-match series finish all square at 1-1.

The T20I squad will now depart for Edinburgh where the two T20Is against Scotland will be held. Both matches will be played at the Grange Cricket Club on June 12 and 13 respectively.

PAKISTAN 15-MAN SQUAD

Sarfraz Ahmed (wk, c), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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