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Centurion Abid Ali pleads his case for Cricket World Cup 2019 selection

Centurion Abid Ali pleads his case for World Cup 2019 selection
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Abid Ali wrote his name in the history books after he scored a wonderful century against the mighty Aussies on his Debut. This came after he was constantly ignored despite his sumptuous performances in the domestic circuit. However, he made the most of his chance as he scored a magnificent 112.

12 years to become an overnight success

Ignoring domestic performances has been a since long norm in our country. A number of players, who have played magnificently in the domestic circuit, never quite made it to the National Team. Take the examples of Asim Kamal or Fawad Alam. They have been brilliant in the domestic circuit, Fawad even making significant contributions for the National side, but have been constantly neglected. The likes of Misbah and Saeed Ajmal broke in starting eleven while they were in their thirties.

We were on the verge of witnessing something similar but the debutant, Abid Ali, had other plans. Having made his List-A debut way back in 2005 for the Lahore Eagles, Abid Ali has been knocking at the National side door ever since with his consistent performances. He made his first-class debut in 2007 and has gone on to score 6700 runs in 189 innings, including 17 tons and 31 half centuries, with a healthy average of 38.28 and a high score of 231*. Scoring a mammoth 209, he became the fourth Pakistani to score a double ton in a List-A match. He was also the leading run-scorer for Islamabad in the 2017-18 season of Quaid-e-Azam trophy with 541 runs in just 7 matches. Alas! All in vain.

Writing your name in the Record Books!

If Will and Grit had a name, it would be Abid Ali.

Despite letting his bat do the talking, he was constantly ignored by the selectors. But he never got disappointed and kept on working hard till he got his chance. Nauman Niaz was one of the very few people pleading his case and Ali proved him right in every sense when he finally made his debut for the National Side last night, 12 years after his domestic debut, 12 YEARS! And what a fairytale it was.

Opening the batting in the National colors against the mighty Aussies, even the best can crumble under pressure but not him. He looked like as if he had been doing this for ages, toying with the Kangaroos, as he played some elegant shots all over the park. He brought in the experience of the past 12 years as he scored a century on his ODI debut, becoming the 3rd Pakistani and 15th overall to do so.

Earning all the Plaudits

The experienced Nadeem Malik unravels the bitter truth:

Dr. Nauman also adds to the case:

Ex-cricketers and Captains heap praise:

Fawad Alam certainly knows a thing or two on how it feels like to be ignored:

At 31, most people are making plans for their post-retirement life but not this lad. He is just getting started and hopefully will continue to make his mark. With the World Cup in sight, the regular starters are in for a tough ride as Abid Ali has arrived.

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