PCB gives NOCs to Pacers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, Usama Mir for Big Bash League

Pakistan cricket team fast bowler Haris Rauf© AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday issued no-objection certificates to pacers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan and leg-spinner Usama Mir for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League. The PCB released an official statement to announce the approval of the NOC to the players which read: “The Pakistan Cricket Board has issued no-objection certificates (NOC) to fast bowlers Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan and leg-spinner Usama Mir for the Big Bash League 2023-24. The board has issued the NOCs taking into account the workload of the players and the future tour program of the men’s national team.” Rauf and Mir have been allowed to play five matches, while Zaman will only feature in just four matches. The matches will be played from 7 to 28 December. Rauf and Mir represent Melbourne Stars while Zaman is with Sydney Thunder.

“The PCB understands that this decision is in the best interest of all the stakeholders involved while balancing the importance of playing time with workload management. Haris and Usama have been granted NOCs for a total of five matches, while Zaman have been given NOC for four matches. . All these games are set to take place from December 7 to 28,” the statement further added.

Rauf is not part of Pakistan’s three-match Test series against Australia, which begins on December 14. Pakistan’s chief selector Wahab Riaz attacked speedster Haris Rauf for backing out of the upcoming Australia Tests, saying it would hurt the ‘Men in Green’.

While announcing Pakistan’s 18-member squad for their tour of Australia, the chief selector revealed that Rauf agreed to play Test cricket but later changed his mind.

“We spoke to Haris Rauf for this tour. When we spoke to him two days ago, he gave his consent to play Test cricket for Pakistan. But last night he changed his mind and now he doesn’t want to be a part of this. Test series. I am revealing this because we should be honest with officials, teammates and the public. We spoke to Haris and he was concerned about his body and fitness as well as his workload. Mohammad Hafeez and I sat with him and tried to ease him in every way. We told him that even if he didn’t perform well there, we would accept it,” Wahab said earlier.

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