Imad Wasim Reverses Retirement, Available for Pakistan T20I Selection

Imad Wasim Reverses Retirement, Available for Pakistan T20I Selection

Pakistan’s versatile all-rounder Imad Wasim has reversed his retirement from T20I cricket, making himself available for selection ahead of the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.

In a statement on social media, Wasim expressed his delight at declaring his availability for Pakistan in the T20I format leading up to the World Cup. However, he clarified that his availability does not extend beyond the tournament, which begins on June 1.

Wasim’s return to the international fold comes after a successful 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) season, where he played a pivotal role in Islamabad United’s title triumph. His impressive performances, including a five-wicket haul in the final, sparked speculation about his potential return to the national team.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reportedly approached Wasim earlier this week to reconsider his retirement, and the all-rounder agreed without any conditions.

Wasim’s all-round abilities and his impressive record in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) make him a valuable asset for Pakistan. In the CPL, he has amassed 61 wickets at an average of 18.88 and an economy rate of 6.20.

With the majority of the 2024 T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in the West Indies, Wasim’s experience in the CPL could prove invaluable for Pakistan.

While Wasim is not currently interested in a central contract, his availability until the T20 World Cup represents a mutually beneficial arrangement for all parties involved.

Wasim has represented Pakistan in 66 T20Is, scoring 486 runs at a strike rate of 131.70 and claiming 65 wickets with an economy of 6.26. His return to the national team is expected to bolster Pakistan’s chances of success in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

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