Know Imad Wasim, the new captain of Karachi Kings

Imad Wasim

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

Imad’s father worked as an engineer in Wales for a small period of time, he moved to Pakistan at an early age and played his first-class cricket in Pakistan

At an age of 18 years, he made his List A debut for Islamabad Leopards against Karachi Dolphins on March 11, 2006. He took two wickets for 31 in his 10-over quota.

Almost a year later, he made his First-class debut for Islamabad against Quetta, where he scored 88 runs in his debut inning. He also took two wickets in the second inning that took Islamabad to a huge victory by an innings and 125 runs.

In July 2007, Pakistan had to tour England and 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.

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

In the same year, he played his first ODI for Pakistan on July 19, 2015, against Sri Lanka at Colombo. He did not bat in the game, but 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 allrounder.

On June 26, 2017, he became the top-ranked T20i bowler and was recently replaced by India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah at the first position.

Imad has been an impact player for Pakistan as he has taken 28 wickets and has scored 430 runs in 30 ODIs. Whereas, he has hunted 27 batsmen at an economy rate of 6.07 and has scored 122 runs in 25 T20is. He is yet to play in Whites for Pakistan.

Seeing the potential of Imad Wasim, PSL franchise Karachi Kings have named Imad Wasim as their new captain. Previously, Shoaib Malik and Ravi Bopara led the side in the first edition, while Kumar Sangakkara martialed the troops in PSL 2017.