Pakistan’s spin bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim has retired from international cricket following the disappointing World Cup 2023, where he was notably omitted from the squad despite Pakistan’s spin challenges. Imad, 34, took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the 121 matches he played for Pakistan and thanked fans for their unwavering support. While he didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind his retirement, he extended his best wishes to the incoming management. In his Twitter post, Imad reflected on his career, expressing gratitude to the PCB, and conveyed excitement for Pakistan’s cricket future under new coaching and leadership.
When questioned about Imad’s inclusion in the World Cup 2023 squad, former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq highlighted that Imad hadn’t played ODIs since 2020 and needed to prove himself in domestic cricket for a recall. Imad expressed gratitude to Pakistan fans for their passionate support and thanked family and friends for their crucial role in his success. Looking ahead, he eagerly anticipates the next phase of his playing career beyond the international arena. In his final appearance for Pakistan against New Zealand in 2023, Imad showcased his all-round prowess, contributing 31 runs off 14 balls and registering figures of 4-0-21-2 in a match that ended in defeat.