Imad Wasim retires from international cricket

He last played for Pakistan in a T20I against New Zealand this April.

Pakistan allrounder Imad Wasim has retired from international cricket, effective immediately. Imad, who announced his retirement on social media, played 55 ODIs and 66 T20Is for Pakistan as a left-arm spinner and a lower-order batter. He last represented Pakistan in April in a T20I against New Zealand.

Imad Waseem was destined to study medicine but couldn’t look back after changing his mind with an offer from Pakistan U-19 Like many players wanting to leave his country, he wanted to emulate Waseem Akram however didn’t have the speed his coaches were looking for. However, switching to a left twist worked for him. Also an accomplished midfielder. He was part of the Pakistan team that won the Youth World Cup in 2006 and went on to captain them in the next.

It was in 2015 when the board was looking for a replacement for the suspended Saeed Ajmal that Imad got his shot at international cricket. He spent his off-season playing league cricket in England and Ireland, which he said was crucial to his development. Developing links with the UK, Imad was born in Swansea.

Also, a factor in her rise up the ranks was first-hand experience – she scored a half-century for Islamabad on debut in 2007, an eight for in 2013, and a maiden double-century in 2014. Imad did his T20I debut during the 2009 Lahore attacks. Six years later, cricket returned to Pakistan, and in 2016, he represented his country in the next World T20.

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