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The Babar Azam-led men in Green have been handed a massive blow ahead of their T20 World Cup 2024 opener against the co-hosts United States of America (USA). Imad Wasim, the Pakistan all-rounder who reversed his retirement ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 will not be a part of their campaign opener in Dallas.

Ahead of their clash against USA, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took to social media to confirm an update on Imad Wasim’s participation. In their official statement, the PCB wrote, “Imad Wasim will not be available for selection for Thursday’s match as he has been advised rest by the PCB Medical Team. Ahead of the fourth T20I against England last month, Imad has experienced discomfort in his right rib cage while batting in the nets and consequently missed the match.”

However, the board confirmed that he will be available for selection for the highly anticipated clash against India, which is scheduled to be held on June 9, Sunday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. “He is expected to be available for selection for the 9 June match against India in New York,” the statement further read.

The 35-year-old in March 2024 reversed his retirement from the shortest format of the game after a brilliant season at the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He took to social media, writing his intention to be available for selection for T20 World Cup 2024. “I am happy to announce that pursuant to meeting PCB officials, I have reconsidered my retirement and am delighted to declare my availability for Pakistan cricket in T20I format leading up to ICC T20 World Cup 2024,” he wrote. 

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad

Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan