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Imad Wasim Reverses Retirement Decision, Ready for T20 World Cup 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder, Imad Wasim, has announced his availability for the national Twenty20 cricket, confirming his participation in the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2024. This decision comes after Wasim’s meeting with officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), leading him to reconsider his retirement plans.

“I am delighted to declare my availability for Pakistan cricket in the T20i format leading up to the ICC T20i World Cup 2024,” Wasim stated on X, formerly known as Twitter. He expressed his gratitude towards the PCB for their trust and pledged to give his best to bring laurels to Pakistan. “Pakistan comes first,” he added, emphasizing his commitment to the country.

Wasim, who is 34 years old, had previously announced his retirement from international cricket in November last year. He believed it was the right time for him to end his stint as an international cricketer. "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,” Wasim noted.

The cricketer had stated that he would look forward to focusing on the "next stage of my playing career away from the international stage.” However, his recent announcement indicates a change in his plans.

Wasim, who made his international debut in May 2015, has been a crucial member of the Pakistan team over the years. He has given all-round performances in 55 ODIs and 66 T20Is, making him a prominent figure in Pakistan cricket. He was a member of the 2017 Champions Trophy-winning squad and also played in the 2016 T20 World Cup, 2019 World Cup, and 2021 T20 World Cup.

Moreover, Wasim’s recent performance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine was exceptional. He led his team, Islamabad United, to victory, lifting their first PSL trophy since 2018 and third overall. Wasim, who bagged a historic five-wicket haul in the final of PSL 9 against Multan Sultans, was adjudged player of the match. He also became the first player in PSL history to win Player-of-the-Match awards in all three playoff games.

This news of Wasim’s return to international cricket has brought joy to his fans and has added a new dimension to the upcoming T20 World Cup. His experience and all-round skills will undoubtedly be a significant asset to the Pakistan team.

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