Haris Rauf’s PCB Contract Terminated After Australia Tour Refusal .

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken the decisive step of terminating Haris Rauf’s central contract following his refusal to join the national team for the Test series in Australia during the winter. The PCB’s decision also extends to denying Rauf a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in any foreign leagues until 30 June 2024.

haris rauf , (PCB)
haris rauf , (PCB) , image – getty image.

The controversy surrounding Haris Rauf erupted in November when he unexpectedly made himself unavailable for selection, despite prior assurances from the team management regarding workload management. This left the PCB in an embarrassing situation, particularly as Pakistan had to rely on an inexperienced pace attack for their three-Test tour of Australia in 2023-24, compounded by Naseem Shah’s unavailability due to injury. The consequence was a disappointing 3-0 series loss for Pakistan.

PCB Made A Big Bold Move With Haris Rauf :

Chief selector Wahab Riaz expressed his disappointment, stating that Rauf had initially consented to join the squad but later changed his mind due to concerns about fitness and workload. Riaz emphasized that Rauf’s absence significantly affected the team’s combination and expressed his willingness to support Rauf had he not performed well in Australia.

The PCB’s decision to terminate Rauf’s contract came after a thorough hearing process, involving input from all stakeholders. Rauf was granted a personal hearing on 30 January 2024, but his response was deemed unsatisfactory by the PCB management. Consequently, Rauf’s contract was terminated effective from 1 December 2023.

wahab Riaz , (PCB)
wahab Riaz , (PCB) , IMAGE – GETTY IMAGE.

In a statement, the PCB reiterated that representing Pakistan is the highest honor for any sportsperson and that Rauf’s refusal to be part of the Test squad without providing a medical report or justifiable reason constitutes a significant breach of the central contract.

Despite the termination of his contract, Rauf was granted permission to participate in the Big Bash League, indicating that the PCB’s decision was specific to his refusal to represent Pakistan in Test cricket.

The episode serves as a reminder of the expectations and responsibilities that come with representing the national team and underscores the importance of commitment and professionalism in international cricket.

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