The Pakistan chief selector Wahab Riaz has opened up on the rumors of the potential termination of the right-arm express pacer Haris Rauf’s central contract amid the NOC saga.
Haris Rauf had earlier refused to play the upcoming Test series against Australia citing workload concerns and lack of red-ball practice. And Wahab Riaz had expressed disappointment over the pacer’s decision to pull out of the series at the last moment.
It was reported that the PCB will delay the No-Objection Certificate of Haris Rauf for participation in the BBL as the officials wanted the express pacer to participate in the National T20 Cup that runs until December 10. Later, the PCB officially issued the NOC to the pacer for five matches.
Recently, Wahab Riaz broke his silence on issuing the NOC to Haris for BBL. He also addressed the rumors of Rauf’s potential central contract termination.
He said that they are not trying to end the career of the express pacer and the issuance of show cause notice to Rauf was not the first such instance in Pakistan cricket.
“Haris Rauf is our own product. We are not here to finish his career. When any player signs the central contract, he is bound to have Pakistan cricket as his priority. There are termination clauses in the central contract in case of a breach, but people are assuming and spreading rumours as if they know everything. The show cause notice is not something that has happened for the first time so there is no need to make a big issue out of it,” Wahab told Sports Paktv.
We did not come under any pressure while giving the NOC to Haris Rauf – Wahab Riaz
On Monday, December 4, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released an official statement confirming that the NOCs had been issued to fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, and leg-spinner Usama Mir for the Big Bash League 2023-24.
Wahab Riaz, meanwhile, has said that they were not under any kind of pressure while giving the NOCs to players. He said:
“We did not come under any pressure while giving the NOCs. There’s a committee of 3-4 members who discuss whether the players concerned are in the scheme of things of the national team and accordingly, the NOC process gets underway.”
The Pakistan chief selector also said that Rauf didn’t have much to do after the National T20 Cup and the participation in the Big Bash League will keep him in rhythm. He elaborated:
“Haris Rauf captained the Islamabad team in the domestic T20 competition but they weren’t able to reach the super eights stage. There’s a gap of one and a half months from now to the New Zealand tour. Cricket Australia’s Big Bash contract with him is for just five games. We want our players to keep playing and stay in the rhythm since he is a fast bowler. That’s why we gave him the NOC from 7th to 28th December, after which he will directly join the Pakistan team in New Zealand if he gets selected.”