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Imad Wasim Comes Out of Retirement, Declares Availability for T20I World Cup

Imad Wasim announced his retirement from international cricket in November last year.

Pakistan's cricket all-rounder Imad Wasim has made a significant decision to reverse his retirement from Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, just ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Imad shared this news via a statement on his official social media account on Saturday, expressing his eagerness to serve Pakistan cricket 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," Imad stated.

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Acknowledging the trust placed in him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Imad expressed his commitment to giving his best for his country. "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!," he added.

Imad's decision comes on the heels of his outstanding performance in the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine, where he led Islamabad United to victory. His historic five-wicket haul in the PSL 9 final against Multan Sultans earned him the Player-of-the-Match award, as Islamabad United clinched their third PSL trophy.

Notably, Imad's exceptional performances in the playoffs made him the first player in PSL history to receive Player-of-the-Match awards in all three playoff games.

Having initially retired from international cricket in November last year, Imad's return marks a significant boost for Pakistan's T20I squad. He has been an integral part of the team since his debut in May 2015 against Zimbabwe, contributing with both bat and ball in 55 ODIs and 66 T20Is. Throughout his international career, Imad has amassed 109 wickets and scored 1,472 runs.

Imad's experience and skillset will be crucial for Pakistan's campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup, adding depth and versatility to the squad. His presence is expected to bolster Pakistan's chances in the tournament, building on his previous successes as a key member of the 2017 Champions Trophy-winning team and his participation in multiple World Cups.

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