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Pakistan Suffer 'HUGE' Injury Blow; Star Player Ruled Out Of T20 WC Clash Vs USA

Imad Wasim ruled out of USA clash [x.com]Imad Wasim ruled out of USA clash [x.com]

In a significant blow to the Pakistan cricket team, all-rounder Imad Wasim will miss the first T20 World Cup 2024 match against the United States.

The match is set to take place at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on June 6. Pakistan captain Babar Azam, speaking from Dallas, confirmed Wasim's absence due to a side strain.

Skipper Babar Azam Confirms Imad's Unavailability

"Imad is suffering from a side strain which has led to the decision of not playing him in the opening match," Babar stated, indicating a cautious approach to ensure Wasim's availability for later stages of the tournament. 

He added, "While Imad will sit out for this game, we are hopeful he will join us for the upcoming matches."

This setback comes shortly after Imad Wasim reversed his decision to retire internationally, rejoining the national squad with high expectations due to his consistent performances, especially in franchise cricket.

Despite Wasim’s absence, the Pakistan team remains optimistic about their preparation and game plan.

Babar highlighted the team's readiness, saying, "We have come well-prepared and have a clear understanding of the cricket we intend to play here in the USA."

His presence in the team is seen as crucial, particularly ahead of the high-stakes match against India scheduled for May 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.