THE CURIOUS CASE OF FAWAD ALAM

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Fawad Alam sits alone on the dreary concrete steps in front of the press box at Gaddafi Stadium.

In the age of people tearing down statues of one culture’s past heroes due to their sins against another, it is surprising that Gaddafi’s name still stands here as a monument of nationalistic pride.

Whatever your views on naming your home cricket stadium after a non-cricketer with a polarising background, it doesn’t change the fact that sitting here on those dreary concrete steps, Fawad Alam’s beard oil is glistening under the floodlights in his brilliant facial hair.

Another Pakistan Super League (PSL) match has been completed. The Lahore Qalandars, the T20 franchise with the worst win-loss record in the history of all T20 leagues globally, has just defeated the current title-holders Quetta Gladiators.

Fawad was not involved in any of the on-field battles. The PSL has long rejected him. T20 globally has rejected him. He hasn’t played a franchise match anywhere in the world since 2018.