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Imad Wasim Bids Farewell to International Cricket

Pakistan’s all-rounder Imad Wasim has announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday, bringing an end to his illustrious career that spanned over eight years.

Imad, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2015, played 55 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 66 Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) for the national side. He scored 1,472 runs and took 109 wickets across both formats.

The 34-year-old took to X, formerly Twitter, to share his decision with his fans and followers. He said he had been contemplating his future for a while and felt that it was the right time to hang up his boots.

“In recent days I have been doing a lot of thinking about my international career and I have come to the conclusion that now it’s the right time for me to announce my retirement from international cricket,” he wrote.

He thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its support and guidance throughout his career. He also expressed his gratitude to his teammates, coaches, family, friends, and fans for their backing and encouragement.

“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,” he said.

He wished the Pakistan team all the best for the future and said he was looking forward to the next phase of his playing career away from the international stage.

“I wish all involved every success and I look forward to watching the team excel. I now look forward to focussing on the next stage of my playing career away from the international stage,” he said.

Imad was a key member of the Pakistan team that won the Champions Trophy in 2017. He also featured in the 2016 T20 World Cup, 2019 World Cup, and 2021 T20 World Cup. He was known for his aggressive batting, accurate bowling, and electric fielding.

He had not played for Pakistan since the T20 series against New Zealand in December 2022. He was overlooked for the home series against Australia and Bangladesh and the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the PCB management committee, praised Imad for his contributions to Pakistan cricket and said he would be missed.

“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,” he said.

“On behalf of the PCB and its management committee, I extend our sincere thanks to Imad for his services to Pakistan cricket and wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” he added.

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