Imad Wasim reveals why he, Mohammad Amir returned to international cricket

Both players are part of Pakistan’s squad that will travel to Ireland and England this month

By Web Desk
May 04, 2024
Imad Wasim (R) and Mohammad Amir recently took their retirements back. — File

Pakistan’s all-rounder Imad Wasim revealed the reason behind his and Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket as both players came out of their retirement last month with the T20 World Cup 2024 on the horizon.

After the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine, both Amir and Imad announced they were taking their retirements back and making themselves available for Pakistan and they were eventually named in the squad that faced New Zealand in a five-match T20I series in April.

As Pakistan gear up for their tour of Ireland, Imad revealed that he and Amir returned only for one reason and that is to win the World Cup for Pakistan as “nobody” remembers the semi-finalist and finalists.

"I came back for one reason: not just for the sake of playing Amir and I returned for one reason — to have one last go and win the World Cup. For the last while, we've been playing T20 World Cup semi-finals and finals, which is a very big achievement,” Imad said during a media talk on Saturday.

“But the truth is no one remembers the semi-finalists and finalists. People remember the champions. Our goal is to play those semi-finals and finals, and then to win that tournament. The result is in God's hands, but the players' mentality is to go and win the tournament."

Imad was the main reason why Islamabad United won the PSL 9 beating Multan Sultans in the final. The all-rounder was the Player of the Match in their last matches and guided them to their record third title win. He also took five wickets in the final, becoming the first player to do so in PSL history.

"I returned not for my own benefit, but to represent my country in the best possible way and finish on a high note. And to try and please this nation of 250 million so we can celebrate together,” Imad added.

“This is our mission and our goal. Whether we achieve it or not who can say? It does not matter to me whether my contribution is small or big as long as we win the trophy. It's easier said than done, but I think if we play united and to our potential, we won't lose to anybody. That is my faith."