Haris Rauf’s PCB Contract Terminated Over Australia Test Snub

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made the decision to terminate Haris Rauf’s central contract after he refused to join the Test squad for Pakistan’s tour of Australia.

Following a thorough investigation and a personal hearing, the PCB decided to terminate Rauf’s central contract effective from December 1, 2023. Additionally, he will not be granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in any foreign league until June 30, 2024, due to his unsatisfactory response during the probe.

Pakistan’s tour of Australia saw the team face a tough challenge, ultimately being whitewashed 3-0 in the three Tests held in December-January 2023.

This announcement marks the second significant development in Pakistani cricket today, with Mohammad Hafeez concluding his role as Director of the Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team after overseeing tours to Australia and New Zealand.

Despite Rauf’s absence from the Test series, where he opted to play in the Big Bash League, he returned for the New Zealand T20I series, showcasing his skills with seven wickets at an average of 23 and an economy rate of 10.61. However, Pakistan faced disappointment in this five-game series, losing 4-1. 

Rauf boasts a record of one Test appearance, 37 ODIs, and 66 T20Is for Pakistan, accumulating a total of 160 international wickets throughout his career.

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