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PSL 2021 – Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim rubbishes claims of ‘hiding himself’ on the field

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Wasim had bowled just 13 overs in five matches in the first leg of PSL 2021

Imad Wasim, the Karachi Kings captain, has defended his own limited role in the champions’ defence of their title this season. With the sixth season set to resume from Wednesday, the Kings are top of the table but only on net run-rate; three other teams are all, like them, sat on six points. Wasim’s contribution so far is zero runs with the bat – though he’s only faced one ball – and a slightly off-colour performance with the ball, at least by comparison to his own high standards.

That has dovetailed with exclusion from the national side, of which he was such an essential part in their rise to the top of the rankings after the 2016 World T20. But the PSL now offers an opportunity to throw himself back into that mix, as well as ensure a successful title defence with Karachi.

“First thing, I played one ball in the matches [in the first leg in Karachi] and got out first ball,” he said. “The wickets were such and our top order was doing so well that I didn’t even get my batting. Sometimes people look at stats but they don’t have much of an idea. They see I have zero runs from five matches but I only played one ball in those five games.”

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