Last month, Pakistan’s newly selected chief selector Wahab Riaz revealed that the fast-bowler withdrew from the Test series to ply his trade in the ongoing Big Bash League. As per reports, Haris Rauf breached his central contract clauses by prioritizing the T20 league over the Pakistan team.
While the 30-year-old is a regular in Pakistan’s limited-overs teams, he is yet to cement his spot in the Test team. The right-arm pacer, who has played only nine first-class games so far, made his Test debut during the Rawalpindi Test against England last year and suffered a quad injury after bowling 13 overs. He was ruled out of the rest of the series and is yet to play a Test.
Wasim Akram’s warning to Haris Rauf:
Haris Rauf recently obtained the NOC from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play for Melbourne Stars in the BBL. As the pacer looks to make an impact in the T20 league, Wasim Akram has warned him that he will have to build his workload and play Test cricket to be considered one of the sport’s modern greats.
“That’s his decision. He’s a contracted player, so there’s a lot of controversies back home,” Akram was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“There are some white-ball specialist cricketers in this day and age … if he thinks he’s not there as yet, then that’s his call. Test is a big boy’s game at the end of the day. You’ve got to bowl eight-over spells.
“In T20 you bowl four overs and stand at fine leg. Piece of cake. Test cricket is a long race, and if you want to be remembered as a great of the game, that’s where Test cricket comes in,” he added.
Haris Rauf is likely to return to action for Pakistan when they travel to New Zealand next month for the five-match T20I series. Meanwhile, the much-awaited three-match Test series between Australia and Pakistan is scheduled to begin on December 14 in Perth.