Pakistan all-rounder reverses retirement decision ahead of T20 World Cup

Pakistan All-Rounder Unretires for T20 World Cup Showdown!

Pakistan all-rounder reverses retirement decision ahead of T20 World Cup

Imad Wasim, who had previously announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2023, has made a surprising reversal following an outstanding season in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Imad played a pivotal role in the triumphant Islamabad United team, captained by Shadab Khan. He was named Player of the Match in the Final against Multan Sultans, thanks to his all-round performance where he claimed 5/23 and remained unbeaten on 19 in a nail-biting chase.

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Throughout the PSL season, Imad showcased his consistency with both bat and ball. He scored 126 runs at an average of 21 and boasted an impressive strike rate of 128.57, while also taking 12 wickets in 12 matches.

Imad Wasim took to social media to announce his availability for selection for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

“I am happy to announce that following a meeting with PCB officials, I have reconsidered my retirement and am thrilled to declare my availability for Pakistan cricket in the T20I format leading up to ICC T20 World Cup 2024,” Imad stated.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the PCB for their faith in me and I promise to give my utmost to bring glory to my country. Pakistan comes first!”

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The 35-year-old has represented Pakistan in 121 matches across all formats, scoring 1472 runs and taking 109 wickets.

Imad was a member of the victorious Pakistan U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup team in 2006 but had to wait until 2015 to make his senior debut.

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Imad’s last appearance for Pakistan was in April 2023 in the T20I series against New Zealand at home.

Pakistan has ample time to prepare for the T20 World Cup, which commences on 1st June. Prior to the tournament, Pakistan is scheduled to play a five-match series at home against New Zealand next month, followed by a series of four T20Is in England in late May.