By Nasim Siddiqui
LONDON: Followed by an investigation into his refusal to join PCT’s Test Squad for Australia 2023-2024, Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to penalise fast bowler Haris Rauf.
Haris Rauf’s central contract has been terminated ahead of December 1 2023, and no NOC (No Object Certificate) would be granted to play any foreign league up to June 30, 2024 – despite the hearing process which was conducted by PCB whereby the views of all the involved stakeholders were taken into consideration
The opportunity to provide a personal hearing was given by PCB management to Haris Rauf in compliance with the principles of natural justice on 30 January 2024, however the response provided by him was found invalid and unsatisfactory.
It has been stated by PCB that to play for Pakistan is an absolute privilege and an honour for any athlete. It is a material violation of the central contract to refuse to play for the Test squad without any justifiable medical report or valid reason.
In another development, the Pakistan Cricket Board extends heartfelt gratitude to Mohammad Hafeez, Director Pakistan men’s cricket team, for his invaluable contributions. Hafeez’s passion for the game has inspired players and his mentorship during the tour of Australia and New Zealand have been of immense importance. The PCB wishes Hafeez good luck and success in his future endeavours.