Fawad Alam, son of Pakistan’s famous first-class cricketer Tariq Alam, made his first-class debut at the age of 17. He was duly picked to represent Pakistan at the U-19 World Cup based on his performances with Pakistan Customs and Karachi on the domestic circuit. He plays for Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League.
An unbeaten 43 in the semi-final against India not only guided Pakistan to the final (which they went on to win), but also marked his status as an immensely talented left-handed all rounder (something that Pakistan agonizingly lacks).
He was then named in the U-19 squad to play the touring Sri Lankan’s and South Africa Academy teams. That same year, he was invited to join the National Cricket Academy, a pool of talented individuals to be groomed for the elite level. Fawad starred in the 2006–07 domestic season, finishing as the fifth highest run scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. He took a 5 wicket haul in the Twenty20 Cup final which earned him Man of the Match and was also named Man of the Series, Best Batsman and Best Bowler.