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Imad Wasim takes back retirement from T20Is

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Star Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim on Saturday, came out of international retirement and declared his availability for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to run from June 2 in the USA and the West Indies.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Imad shared that he reconsidered his retirement after meeting PCB officials and will now be available to serve Pakistan in the T20I format.

“I am happy to announce that pursuant to meeting PCB officials, I have reconsidered my retirement and am delighted to declare my availability for Pakistan cricket in T20i format leading up to ICC T20i World Cup 2024,” stated Imad.

“I would like to thank the PCB for reposing trust in me and I would give my very best to bring laurels to my country. Pakistan comes first!”

Imad Wasim, who announced his retirement in November 2023, was pushed by cricket pundits and fans to reconsider the decision, citing his remarkable form in the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9.

The all-rounder played a pivotal role in leading Islamabad United to their third PSL title, emerging as their standout player in the knockout matches.

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He played a match-winning cameo against Multan Sultans in Islamabad United’s last group-stage fixture, propelling the two-time champions into the PSL 9 Playoffs.

Imad then bamboozled Quetta Gladiators in the Eliminator with magnificent bowling figures of 3/12 before playing a match-winning 59-run knock in the second Eliminator against Peshawar Zalmi.

Imad Wasim then etched his name into the PSL history books when he became the first bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in the tournament’s final.

He followed up his five-fer with an unbeaten 19 off 17 deliveries.

For the unversed, Imad Wasim represented Pakistan in 66 T20Is and scored 486 runs. He also has 65 wickets to his name in the shortest format.

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