Faisal Iqbal, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, has questioned his continued exclusion from the national side. He was as of late denied a PCB contract and was neglected for the tour of Sri Lanka, leaving his future in uncertainty. Iqbal has played just 26 Tests in a profession that started in 2001 and last offered in a Pakistan side in 2010. He was among the touring party in 2012 to Sri Lanka and to Zimbabwe in 2013, however couldn’t break into the XI. Iqbal has a history of urging his return. In 2002, he scored 83 against Australia on his first innings back. At that point came 139 against India – a highlight of his profession – which guided Pakistan to a 341-run triumph in Karachi in 2006.


Pakistan’s tour to Sri lanka in 2009 was the stage for his third rebound, when he scored a fifty. Iqbal’s issue, however, has been consistency, which had regularly prompted his avoidance. Iqbal, 32, had a productive profession at lesser level, since making the Under-15 side yet his time with the seniors has, generally, been damaged by assertions of nepotism. His profession corresponded with Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq being in their prime, and was never equipped to bond his spot in the group. His household figures are great with 10970 runs at 40.33 in 193 matches to oblige 5136 at 41.74 in List A matches. Nonetheless, he missed the mark regarding those benchmarks last season with just 538 runs at 35.86; 32 other batsmen had improved.

Batting and fielding averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 26 44 2 1124 139 26.76 2545 44.16 1 8 136 5 22 0
ODIs 18 16 2 314 100* 22.42 519 60.50 1 0 24 4 3 0
First-class 193 301 29 10970 200* 40.33 24 59 160 0
List A 164 151 28 5136 123 41.75 7 41 53 0
Twenty20 47 42 5 810 58 21.89 757 107.00 0 1 57 22 11 0

He said: “Who is the force behind my rejection and why are they not permitting me to play? Since my debut [in 2001] players who appeared around me set out for some playing endlessly and even had a huge number of rebound in the side. Also I was dropped after my third rebound without actually playing me in the XI.

“What am I going to do? I am scoring runs in domestic cricket, but gradually I have even been dropped from the central contracts as well so where should I go and put my case?” he said. “I am a senior player and have served the country and this should not be the way I should be treated.”

“I don’t want to criticise the system of Pakistan cricket. I have all due respect as I am here only because of the cricket I have played for Pakistan. I simply fail to understand why I am be being pushed back. Is there a conspiracy because of I am the nephew of Javed Miandad? Nobody is ready to understand and I am very frustrated at not being given answers.”

“I am always made a fool and asked to go back to scratch and play domestic cricket again and again. Am I only here to play domestic cricket? When will I be given due reward for my performance in domestic? If I was good enough to recalled in 2012, then why I was reduced to the bench and dropped without even giving me an opportunity. I am always taught to focus on ground performance but now I realise that I have been fooled all these years. I wanted to be heard to those who are the concerned (PCB and selectors).”


By: Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is Student university and sports Journalist based in Pakistan