After eight years of service with the Pakistan team, Imad Wasim announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday.
On Friday, the all-rounder Imad Wasim of Pakistan declared his retirement from international cricket. Wasim announced his immediate retirement on his official social media accounts. The all-round player played for Pakistan in 55 ODIs and 66 T20Is; his final appearance came in a T20I against New Zealand in April 2023.
"In recent days I have been doing a lot of thinking about my international career and I have concluded that now is the right time for me to announce my retirement from international cricket," Imad wrote on X. “I would like to thank the PCB for all their support over the years - it has truly been an honour to represent Pakistan,” Wasim said in a statement announcing his retirement.
"Each of my 121 appearances across the ODI and T20I formats was a dream come true. It's an exciting time for Pakistan cricket going forward with new coaches and leadership incoming. I wish all involved every success and I look forward to watching the team excel.
“Thank you to the Pakistan fans for always supporting me passionately. A final thank you to my family and friends who have been so important in helping me achieve at the highest level. I now look forward to focusing on the next stage of my playing career away from the international stage.”
Imad was a member of Pakistan's Champions Trophy-winning team in 2017, which defeated India in the final. He also appeared in the final, scoring an unbeaten 25 off 21 balls in a vital cameo after the team's innings.
The all-rounder also competed in the 2019 World Cup and will represent Pakistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
The 34-year-old all-rounder scored 986 runs in 40 ODI innings for the team at an average of 42.87, while also collecting 44 wickets. Imad scored 486 runs in 44 T20I innings while taking 65 wickets.
Imad lost his spot in the ODI team in 2020, with his last outing in the format coming against Zimbabwe in a bilateral series. Imad was a regular in T20Is until his retirement, appearing in 8 matches for Pakistan this year.