Burnley unveil new Pakistani professional

Imad Wasim

Imad Wasim

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Burnley have announced their new professional for 2011 will be former Pakistan Under 19 captain Imad Wasim.

The 22-year-old left-handed middle order batsman plays for Islamabad and Federal Areas in Pakistan, and has scored 1495 runs at 39.3, with a highest score of 133 since making his First-class debut in 2007.

Swansea-born Wasim is also a slow left-arm orthodox bowler, who has taken 48 wickets at 42.9.

He will be the club’s second-ever Pakistani professional, following in the footsteps of Mudassar Nazar, who was paid man for four years from 1983-86.

Wasim takes over from Heywood-bound Farhaan Behardien.

It means both local Lancashire League sides have finally unveiled their professionals, after Lowerhouse signed South African all-rounder Francois Haasbroek.

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