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MUMBAI:Faiz Fazal’s mobile in England had crashed. As a result, he did not know who was calling him nor could he check his messages. He was cut off from everything, temporarily. Even the chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil could not reach him.
However, on Monday morning in England, as he was going about his routine, he received the news of his maiden national selection for India’s limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe from his father in Nagpur.
The left-handed opening batsman for Vidarbha is in England to play for Hetton Lyons Cricket Club in the North East Premier League near Durham from April to September. As the news of his selection reached him, he made frantic calls to his club bosses on how to go about his release from the club.
Fazal’s wife and daughter reached England three days ago. “They are sad that they will have to return to India soon and not get much time to see London. At the same time, they are very happy about my India selection,” the 30-year-old told dna from England soon after his first India call-up.
Fazal’s second taste of league cricket in England – and first after 2007 – has been a continuation of the good domestic season he had in India in both first-class and limted-overs cricket.
“I scored two centuries (104 & 108) and a 48 in four matches here,” Fazal said. “The matches are 60-over games and played on Saturdays with other days reserved for training and sight seeing.”
Playing minor cricket in England was Fazal’s way of keeping in tune with the game during the off-season. He had almost given up hope of a national call-up after it did not come all these years despite churning out runs in domestic cricket.
“Three knocks I feel contributed to my selection.