The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has granted NOCs to the 30-year-old express pacer Haris Rauf along with Usama Mir and Zaman Khan for the Big Bash League 2023-24.
Haris Rauf had earlier refused to play the upcoming Test series against the Australia National Cricket Team. The chief selector of Pakistan – Wahab Riaz – had expressed disappointment over the pacer’s decision to pull out of the series at the last moment citing workload and fitness concerns.
It was reported that the PCB will delay the No-Objection Certificate to Haris Rauf for participation in the BBL as the officials wanted the express pacer to participate in the National T20 Cup in Pakistan that runs until December 10.
Now, the PCB has officially issued the NOC to the pacer and he will seen donning the Melbourne Stars jersey in the upcoming Big Bash League. The Australian T20 league is set to be played from December 7, 2023, to January 24 next year. The Test series between Pakistan and Australia will also be played during the same period Down Under.
Haris Rauf Gets NOC For 5 Matches
On Monday, December 4, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released an official statement confirming that the NOCs have been issued to fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, and leg-spinner Usama Mir for the Big Bash League 2023-24.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board has issued no-objection certificates (NOC) to fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan and leg-spinner Usama Mir for the Big Bash League 2023-24. The board has issued the NOCs considering the workload of players and the future tours programme of the national men’s team,” PCB said.
PCB has given NOC to Haris Rauf and Usama Mir for five matches whereas Zaman Khan has been granted NOC for four matches.
“The PCB understands that this decision is in the best interests of all the stakeholders involved while balancing the importance of game time with workload management.
“Haris and Usama have been granted NOCs for a total of five matches whereas Zaman has been granted NOC for four matches. All these games are set to take place from 7 to 28 December.