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Imad Wasim targeting return for England T20Is

Imad Wasim targeting return for England T20Is
Imad Wasim targeting return for the T20Is against England.
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Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim is targeting a return to international cricket in the upcoming Twenty20 International series against England in the United Arab Emirates.

Wasim, who made his international debut in May this year, had fractured his finger and was ruled out of the limited overs series against England.

However, Wasim is confident that he will be able to return to full fitness before the start of the T20I series and is hoping to get the nod of the selectors.

“Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game and it was one of those unlucky things," Wasim said in an interview with www.PakPassion.net.

“However it’s not long term and I should be back playing soon and will be fit and ready for the T20Is against England if selected.” 

The 26-year-old has so far featured in five One-Day Internationals and five T20Is for Pakistan and has one fifty and a four wicket haul to his name across both the formats.

Stating that he is adept with both the bat and the ball, Wasim is considering himself to be a genuine all-rounder.

“I feel that when I bowl, I am a proper bowler and when I bat, I am a proper batsman.

“I don’t see myself as a bowling all-rounder or a batting all-rounder.

“I think I am a genuine all-rounder and someone who can win a match with either the bat or the ball.” 

Observing that there are aspects of his game that still need improvement, Wasim is confident of succeeding across various playing conditions.

“During my career I’ve played on all sorts of surfaces and I’ve been successful with both the bat and the ball.

“I cannot predict what will happen in future but I believe that despite the good start to my international career I can improve and do more for Pakistan.

“I think there is always room for improvement and I think I can do well outside Asia and not be regarded as someone who can only perform in Asia.”

Shahid Afridi has been Pakistan’s long-standing all-rounder, especially in the limited overs format wherein he has more than 9000 runs and over 400 wickets, combining both ODIs and T20Is.

When asked if he sees himself filling the shoes of Afridi in the near future, Wasim refused to draw comparisons with Pakistan’s T20I captain.

“Shahid Afridi is a legend.

“You cannot underestimate what he has done for Pakistan cricket over the years.

“He’s been a superstar for Pakistan.

“Every kid in Pakistan wants to be Shahid Afridi and he’s my hero also.

“I’ve always looked up to Shahid Afridi.

“I’m just Imad Wasim, I don’t even dream of being Shahid Afridi’s replacement.”

In 2016, the sixth edition of the T20 World Cup will be held in India and Wasim believes that Pakistan have a great chance of winning their second title if they do justice to their abilities.

“Firstly there is no guarantee that I will be part of that squad, but I think our twenty over team is the best in the world and our chances of winning this tournament are very high.

“At the end of the day though, twenty over cricket is unpredictable and there are a lot of good teams.

“But I think if we perform to the best of our ability then we can win it.”

After the completion of the ongoing ODI series against England, Pakistan will take part in a three-match T20I series which will be played between 26th and 30th November.

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