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Mohammad Wasim made his comeback to competitive cricket and is now playing for the Netherlands. Nishad Pai Vaidya writes about the former Pakistan batsman.
Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Wasim, who represented his country in 18 Tests and 25 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) from 1996 to 2000, is now honing his skills for the Netherlands. Wasim makes a comeback to competitive cricket after a gap of three years after last playing in Pakistan domestic cricket in 2011. On Wednesday, he represented the Netherlands in a one-day game against Scotland. Since, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2015, they have lost their One-Day International status. They are now trying to chart a recovery after they were recently awarded with the T20 International status following an impressive outing at the ICC World T20 2014.
Netherlands have a few quality players such as Peter Borren and Tom Cooper, who are playing in the Australian domestic cricket. They lost Ryan ten Doeschate, when the cricketer decided to no longer play for the side and sited other commitments around the globe as the reason. Thus, someone like a Wasim brings in some much-needed experience to the side. Though he last played for Pakistan in 2000, he will have some valuable insights to help the Dutch cricketers rise.
Wasim was one of those players who came into the Pakistan team as a young cricketer. He made his debut at the age of 19 in 1996, and last played for them when he was 23. He does have experience of playing overseas as he spent a good part of three years in New Zealand playing for Otago in the early 2000s. He returned to Pakistan in 2005 and was on the road to a comeback, but scored a solitary run for Pakistan A against the touring Indians in early 2006. After moving away from the game in 2011, he came back to play for North Hurricanes and then made it to the Netherlands.
The former Pakistan batsman is not the first player to play for an Associate nation after turning up for a Test playing country. Players like Ed Joyce, Anderson Cummins, Clayton Lambert, to name a few, went on to represent the Associate nations in ODIs. However, Wasim would have to wait for that chance to come, and the 36-year-old may have to prolong his career longer to play an ODI again. However, T20Is seem more likely in the near future.
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