Haris Rauf was a massive success in the Big Bash League 2019-20 playing for Melbourne Stars. The pacer took 13 wickets in eight matches at an average of 16.9. On the back of his superb bowling, he made his debut for Pakistan in ODI and T20I cricket.
Speaking to the reporters during an online press conference from Queenstown, Rauf said that he wishes to represent his country in the longer format as well. The 27-year-old revealed that he is working hard and learning from former legendary seamer and current bowling coach, Waqar Younis. Rauf said that he is improving his bowling skills, especially with the new ball.
“I started my career with T20Is and ODIs but I also want to represent Pakistan in Test cricket,” said Haris Rauf.
It is going to be a good contest: Haris Rauf
He has been selected in the T20I team to face New Zealand. The 3-match T20I series begins on 18th December in Auckland followed by matches in Hamilton and Napier. Both sides will face off in 2 Test matches scheduled in Mount Maunganui and Christchurch.
“It is going to be a good contest,” Haris Rauf stated.
Haris Rauf feels that the T20I series would be tightly contested as both the teams are coming off series victories. Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe, and New Zealand triumphed over the West Indies. After the T20I series, the pacer is expected to travel to Australia to participate in the ongoing Big Bash League.
Pakistan has received a major blow as captain Babar Azam has been ruled out from the T20I series. While practicing in the nets, he suffered an injury to his right thumb. Vice-captain, Shadab Khan will lead the side in Babar’s absence.