In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Pakistan white-ball star, Imad Wasim, has made it clear that he wants to be seen as a ‘pure all-rounder’ in international cricket, claiming there’s much more to come from him with the bat.
Wasim has played 53 ODIs and 46 T20Is for Pakistan, taking a combined total of 87 wickets with impressive economy rates of 4.83 and 6.15 respectively.
Over the past five years, he’s established himself as a high-class operator, who is very effective with the new ball in franchise cricket.
The slow left-armer didn’t take a bagful of wickets for Nottinghamshire in their recent successful T20 Blast campaign, but he brought excellent control and stifled opposition batsmen.
However, he wants to be seen as more than just a wily bowler, especially in the T20 arena.
“I don’t think I’ve got the opportunities I want,” he told ESPNCricinfo. “I got them in the World Cup. In one-day cricket, I’ve had the opportunities and my performances have been not bad.”
“I’m really happy in one-day cricket with where I am, but I want to express myself more. I have more to give my country with the bat. There have been glimpses in world cricket of me doing good things as an allrounder, but in T20, I haven’t got the opportunities like that anywhere in the world.
“I’m really working hard on my batting. Someday I could win a big game with my batting and then people will start thinking about me as an allrounder in T20 as well as one-day cricket. I’m really hungry to score runs for my country and for franchise teams.
“I don’t want to be considered a bowler. I just want to become a pure allrounder.”
Wasim has shown glimpses of real talent with bat in hand so far in his international career, while his First-class average of 40.68 proves there is a player in there.
As he alludes to here, he has played some good cameos in one-dayers, but an average of 13 from 31 innings’ in T20I cricket shows there’s a lot of work for him to do in the shortest format.
Batting at 7 or 8, opportunities were few and far between for him at Notts and while he came in at 6 in the third T20I against England at Old Trafford in September, he only faced four balls before the end of the innings.
As is the case for most players around the world, the 31-year-old is likely to have to prove himself in domestic and franchise cricket first, before getting proper opportunities at international level.
Therefore, Wasim will be hoping to shine in the National T20 Cup after joining up with the Northern squad, with ODIs and T20Is against Zimbabwe on the horizon.