Imad Wasim impresses on debut after joining Nottinghamshire for T20 Blast stint

Waseem Ahmed 11:44 27/07/2019
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Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim had a respectable debut for Nottinghamshire on Friday after signing up with the county outfit for the ongoing T20 Blast.

Imad signed for Outlaws on Friday and was drafted straight into the playing XI for the clash against Derbyshire which his side managed to win by 27 runs.

The all-rounder struck an unbeaten 10 with the bat before finishing with figures of 1-16 from his three overs in the clash.

“I can’t wait to represent the Outlaws in T20 cricket,” the Pakistan man said on his Nottinghamshire stint.

“Trent Bridge is a wonderful ground with fans who are passionate and knowledgeable. They were a generous audience during the One-Day International earlier this year and Trent Bridge under floodlights looked amazing.

“My aim is to contribute to the Outlaws going all the way. They did it in 2017 and we have an exciting squad with lots of international talent that’s capable of doing it again.”

Imad has so far played 52 ODIs and 35 T20Is for Pakistan over the course of his career and has managed to establish himself as a limited-overs specialist.

The all-rounder’s signature was welcomed by Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket.

“With the nature of the international schedule, it’s a very difficult market in which to sign overseas players – far more difficult than it used to be,” Newell stated.

“With Imad becoming available on the back of the World Cup, we acted as quickly as possible to secure him. The paperwork and clearances have taken a little bit of extra time, meaning we’ve had to start the tournament without him.

“He brings an additional spin bowling option that we think we can benefit from and he’ll strengthen our middle-order batting as well.”

Meanwhile, Imad’s Pakistan team-mate Babar Azam sizzled for Somerset in the T20 Blast on Friday with a 61-ball 95. The Pakistan man still ended up on the losing side eventually with Liam Dawson leading Hampshire to a four-wicket win.

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