In a poignant announcement, Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder, Imad Wasim, has decided to hang up his boots on an illustrious international cricket career. The 34-year-old cricketer, whose journey commenced in May 2015 against Zimbabwe, has left an indelible mark on the cricketing landscape with an international career spanning eight years.
Imad’s international career includes 55 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 66 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) donning the green jersey of Pakistan. Over this period, he showcased his mettle, amassing 1,472 runs and scalping 109 wickets. Imad Wasim’s prowess as a versatile player made him a pivotal figure in the team, contributing significantly to some memorable victories.
A highlight in Imad’s career came in 2017 when he was an integral part of the squad that clinched the prestigious Champions Trophy. The triumph was a testament to his resilience and ability to perform under pressure. His journey also encompassed participation in major tournaments, including the 2016 T20 World Cup, the 2019 World Cup, and the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Expressing his gratitude towards the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and fans, Imad Wasim stated, “I would like to thank the PCB for all their support over the years; it has truly been an honour to represent Pakistan. Each of my 121 appearances across the ODI and T20I formats was a dream come true. It’s an exciting time for Pakistan cricket going forward with new coaches and leadership incoming.”
The seasoned all-rounder also conveyed his excitement about the future of Pakistan cricket, expressing confidence in the incoming leadership and coaches. Imad Wasim is now prepared to shift his focus to the next stage of his playing career, away from the international limelight.
Chairman PCB Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf, acknowledged Imad’s significant contributions, especially in white-ball cricket. “Imad Wasim has been a valuable asset to Pakistan cricket. His performances, especially in white-ball cricket, have been crucial to the team’s success. While we respect his decision to retire, we will miss his presence on the field,” said Ashraf.
As Imad bids farewell to the international stage, the cricketing fraternity and fans alike will fondly remember his on-field heroics and his role in Pakistan’s cricketing journey. The PCB and cricket enthusiasts extend their sincere thanks to Imad Wasim for his services and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
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