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Imad Wasim reverses retirement decision two months before T20 World Cup

All-rounder took decision after meeting PCB officials
In this undated photo, all-rounder Imad Wasim celebrates after taking a wicket against Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League match. He played for Islamabad United in the tournament.Photo via Facebook/Islamabad United
In this undated photo, all-rounder Imad Wasim celebrates after taking a wicket against Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League match. He played for Islamabad United in the tournament.Photo via Facebook/Islamabad United

All-rounder Imad Wasim, the key player in Islamabad United’s Pakistan Super League victory, has reversed his retirement decision more than two months before the T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies.

“I am happy to announce that pursuant to meeting PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) 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,” he said in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday.

The all-rounder cricketer thanked the PCB for “reposing trust” in him and added that he would give his “very best to bring laurels to my country. Pakistan comes first!”

Wasim’s decision comes after his match-defining performances in the playoffs and the final of the Pakistan Super League. He became the first player in the league’s history to take five wickets in the final. He also played the anchor role in the matches, leading Islamabad United to the victory against odds.

In November 2023, the left-arm spinner announced his retirement from international cricket. He was not picked in the ODI side for the 50-over World Cup.

The Twenty20 showpiece, which starts on June 1, is being jointly staged by the United States and the West Indies.

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