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PCB has terminated Haris Rauf’s central contract

Haris Rauf's central contract

Haris Rauf’s central contract

The PCB has terminated Haris Rauf’s central contract after he refused to tour Australia for the winter Tests. He will also be denied NOC to play in any foreign league till June 30, 2024.

The PCB was in the news in November when Rauf did not make himself available for selection at the last minute despite assurances from the team management that he would handle his workload. As a result, Pakistan had to rely on an inexperienced pace attack for their three-Test tour of Australia in 2023-24, with Naseem Shah also unavailable due to injury. Pakistan lost the Test rubber 3-0.

Haris Rauf’s central contract

“He (Rauf) gave his consent, but later he changed his mind as he was worried about his fitness and workload,” chief selector Wahab Riaz had said while announcing the squad. His absence will affect the team’s combination.

“I was even ready to accommodate him if he didn’t perform in Australia, but he didn’t agree,” Riaz added.

The PCB has said it conducted a “thorough hearing process” and arrived at the punishment only after “taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders involved in the matter”.

PCB Haris Rauf’s central contract

“The PCB management provided an opportunity of personal hearing to Harris on January 30, 2024 as per the principles of natural justice and his response was found to be unsatisfactory,” the release added.

“PCB says that playing for Pakistan is the ultimate honor and privilege for any player. Denial of being part of Pakistan’s Test squad in the absence of any medical report or valid reason is a violation of the central contract. ”

Despite the controversy, Rauf was given an NOC to play in the Big Bash League.

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Hafeez as Team Director

PCB parted ways with Mohammad Hafeez as team director.

A few months after being appointed as the team director, Mohammad Hafeez and the PCB have parted ways.

Hafeez was appointed to the post in November last year, taking over from Mickey Arthur after a disappointing World Cup campaign. But the 43-year-old oversaw a Test whitewash in Australia followed by a 4-1 T20 series defeat in New Zealand.

“Pakistan Cricket Board sincerely thanks Pakistan Men’s Cricket Team Director Mohammad Hafeez for his invaluable contribution,” the board said in a release.

Hafeez’s passion for the game

“Hafeez’s passion for the game has inspired the players and his guidance during the tour of Australia and New Zealand has been invaluable. PCB wishes Hafeez the best of luck and success in his future endeavours. Is.” Haris Rauf’s central contract

There have been several media reports in Pakistan about Hafeez, who played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is, not being popular with the team due to his “long meetings and lectures”.

Hafeez’s Brief time in the role

Hafeez’s brief time in the role saw him question the “slow” Canberra pitch provided for the practice game and “inconsistent umpiring” and “technology” for his team’s 79-run defeat by Australia in the second Test at the MCG. . He also came under fire for calling Pakistan “the better team” during the Boxing Day defeat.

The decision to sack Hafeez has come after the election of Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi as PCB chairman.

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