Imad Wasim
Imad Wasim - The epitome of persistence

The promising all-rounder Imad Wasim was born on December 18, 1988, in Wales. He is the first Welsh-born Pakistani cricketer.

Imad moved to Pakistan at an early age and played his first-class cricket in Pakistan.

Like many promising players from his country, Imad wanted to emulate Wasim Akram but he didn’t have the pace his coaches were looking for. But he didn’t give up on his dreams, the switch to left-arm spin and a capable middle-order batsman that worked for him.

With the ability to bowl a sort of an in-slider with the new ball to right-handers, Imad his List A debut for Islamabad Leopards against Karachi Dolphins on March 11, 2006, where bagged two wickets for 31 in his spell.

With his extraordinary skills in the game, he made his First-class debut for Islamabad against Quetta, where he played a massive inning and scored 88 runs in his debut. He also took two important wickets in the second inning that took his team to register a huge victory by an innings and 125 runs.

In July 2007, Pakistan had to tour England where he was named as the captain of the team while Shan Masood was given the responsibility of a vice-captain.

He retained the captaincy band and went on to lead the side during World Cup U-19 2008. Pakistan lost to South Africa U-19 side in the semi-final. It was the same World Cup where Virat Kohli steered India to become U-19 Champions.

Before he made his international cricket debut in a T20i on May 24, 2015, against Zimbabwe at Imad had to prove his worth for a long period of time in the domestic circuit.

He played his first ODI for Pakistan on July 19, 2015, against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the same year, he didn’t get a chance to bat in the game, but proved him in the bowling side and took two wickets in it.

Since his international debut, he has been a regular feature of Pakistan’s limited-overs side in the capacity of a handy all-rounder.

In 2016, he became the first Pakistani cricketer to grab a five-wicket haul in a T20I. Imad currently ranked at eighth position in ICC player rankings for T20 bowlers 2018.

Imad has been an impact player for Pakistan as he has taken 29 wickets and has scored 480 runs in 32 ODIs. Whereas, he has hunted 35 batsmen at an economy rate of 6.02 and has scored 140 runs in 31 T20is. He is yet to play in Whites for Pakistan.

Seeing the potential of Imad Wasim, Karachi Kings have retained Imad Wasim as their captain in the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League. He had taken the charge as the skipper of the Kings in the previous season. The southpaw had made an exceptional comeback in international cricket and in ongoing National T20 Cup.