Following the recent World Cup, the Pakistan cricket team is likely to undergo a transition period.
According to various reports, this transition will see Imad Wasim replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain of the national team in limited-overs cricket.
Speaking in an interview with PakPassion, Imad Wasim claimed that it would be an honor to captain Pakistan but the final decision rests with the board.
He said that it would be a difficult task but he has never backed out from a challenge in life.
As a young cricketer, I have always wanted to play for Pakistan and being offered captaincy would be an honur for me. However, this is something for the PCB to decide and I would never go to them and ask for this position. My job is to play cricket and if I am given the responsibility to captain the side, it would be great as I have never backed down from a challenge, but if not, then just being a member of the team will be an honour in itself.
Speaking about Mickey Arthur’s exit as head coach of the national cricket team, Imad said that he was deeply saddened to see him go and hopes to work with him in the future.
Undoubtedly, it’s sad to see Mickey Arthur leave the role of Head Coach but that is a decision which the PCB has made. I do hope that I will have another chance to work with Mickey in the future perhaps at some sort of domestic or league level. Mickey did well for the Pakistan side but that is a decision by the PCB to not renew his contract and we must all respect and abide by it as that is how it is.
Imad Wasim Not Interested in Test Cricket
Imad Wasim has remained available for selection in the longest format of the game but has not featured for Pakistan at all.
Speaking about his red-ball career, he said:
Test cricket is not something I would like to pursue as part of my career. Due to my history of injuries, I would rather just play white-ball cricket as I do not think I would be able to last the duration of a Test match. Playing white-ball cricket is the best option for me and will also allow me to extend my career longer and that way I can also serve Pakistan for a longer period of time.
When asked about Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket as well, Imad said that he can understand the decision and thinks it is a good decision.
In my view, Mohammad Amir’s decision to retire from Test cricket is a good one. There is a lot of white-ball cricket being played around the world and if Amir can play longer in white-ball formats then, he will also serve Pakistan for a longer time. This would be a better choice for Amir and Pakistan than him just playing a couple of seasons which include Tests and then retiring from the game early due to injuries.
Speaking about the central contract situation, Imad admired PCB and said that the board has taken some good steps to attract young players by increasing the salaries for Test matches as well.