Haris Rauf’s extraordinary rise has continued after the Melbourne Stars pacemaker who played club cricket in Tasmania just a few weeks ago was chosen to play in Pakistan.
It seems that Rauf will miss multiple games for the Stars in the back-end of the regular season BBL09 after Pakistan announced Thursday that he formed a 16-man team to play a three-game T20 series against Bangladesh starting next week. .
The leading ladder stars expect the 26-year-old player, who made a hat-trick against the Sydney Thunder at the MCG last week, to return for his final campaign, which will begin on January 31 assuming they don’t retire . of the first two.
Pakistan will play Bangladesh in T20 on January 24, 25 and 27, all in Lahore.
Star list manager Trent Woodhill and coach David Hussey were discussing with Rauf about his availability for the rest of the season on Thursday. His remaining four home and away games are on January 18, 20, 22 and 25.
Pakistan T20 squad to play Bangladesh: Babar Azam (c), Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Qadir
Rauf’s inclusion comes when fast fast high-profile Mohammad Amir was left out, and Pakistan made seven changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Australia in November.
Experienced couple Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have been removed from Pakistan’s team, as has the fast young man Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Rauf has been a revelation for the stars and a testament to the power of the BBL; Ripped out of the darkness for his first two games as a replacement for his idol Dale Steyn, the right point guard was abandoned after taking a five-wicket ride when the South African returned.
But, with only two places in the XI available to foreign players, he was held back because English fast bowler Pat Brown was ruled out for the injury tournament.
Despite speaking a limited Englishman who initially created a communication barrier with Captain Glenn Maxwell and Stars coaches, Rauf has flourished as a weapon of attack on the side.
Rauf grew up playing ball cricket and only took the game seriously in 2017 after attending a trial with the side of Pakistan Super League Lahore Qalandars, impressing the explorers when he threw a ball at 148.5 km / h.
At first, he had trouble adapting to hardball cricket, but he eventually prospered in the 2019 edition of the PSL, taking 11 wickets in 10 games, after extensive work with former test player Aaqib Javed.
He was playing for Glenorchy Magpies in Hobart when he received the call from the Stars, and now he has the second highest number of wickets (16) of any bowler this season of BBL.
“I never knew that Haris was here until I arrived,” Steyn told cricket.com.au earlier this month. “I didn’t know much about him and I saw him jump into the networks before the first game he played and it scared everyone.”
“He bounced the boys and eventually they had to go to him and say ‘look, you have to stop bowling now. We have a game tomorrow. You can’t hurt any of these guys.”
Pakistan’s chief of staff, Misbah-ul-Haq, is hoping that Rauf can help reverse Pakistan’s worrying fall in cricket T20, despite being the number 1 team in the ICC ranking, before the World Cup next summer in Australia and the Asian Cup this year.
“We have lost eight of our last nine T20I and, as the number one side, this is unacceptable,” Misbah said.
“We need to end our cycle of losses and return to the winning habits that will lead us to the next Asian Cup and the ICC T20 World Cup. This has played a fundamental role in our decision making.”
“We tested our alternative combinations in the series against Sri Lanka and Australia, and obviously, these did not work as expected.”
“The matches against Bangladesh are part of our preparation, finding the right combination and building the two main tournaments.”
“The return of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Shaheen Afridi gives us the experience and depth, while the exuberance of Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt and Haris Rauf gives the team more firepower, energy and general skills.”