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Why is PCB delaying Haris Rauf’s NOC for BBL 2023-24?

Why is PCB delaying Haris Rauf's NOC for BBL 2023-24?

  1. Haris Rauf’s BBL Participation Uncertain: PCB considers delaying NOC, urging players to prioritize National T20 Cup over foreign leagues.
  2. Rift Between Haris and PCB: Disagreement surfaces over Haris’s withdrawal from Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia, with contrasting narratives from Wahab Riaz and sources close to Haris.
  3. Overlapping Schedules: BBL clash with Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series prompts speculation on Haris Rauf’s availability, adding complexity to the situation

The participation of Haris Rauf in the upcoming BBL 2023-24 season is currently uncertain, as the PCB contemplates delaying the issuance of his NOC (No Objection Certificate). This potential delay is attributed to the PCB’s insistence on players prioritizing the National T20 Cup 2023 over foreign leagues. With the BBL commencing on December 7 and the NOC likely to be postponed until December 11, uncertainty looms over whether it will be issued after this date.

Adding to the complexity of the situation is the overlap between the BBL schedule, set to run until January 24, and the Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I series scheduled for January 12-21. The PCB might require Haris Rauf’s presence in the T20I series against New Zealand, prompting a reevaluation of his participation in the BBL.

Is Wahab Riaz the reason behind Haris Rauf’s delayed NOC?

The recent discord between Haris Rauf and the PCB adds another layer of intrigue to the story. Reports indicate that Wahab Riaz, the new chief selector, expressed dissatisfaction with Haris Rauf’s last-minute withdrawal from the Pakistan tour of Australia for three Tests.

However, sources close to Haris suggest that he was never interested in Test cricket, especially considering his limited experience in the format. After being the most expensive bowler in the World Cup 2023, Haris expressed a desire to focus on his fitness and well-being.

The PCB’s policy permits each player to participate in two foreign leagues within a 12-month period, subject to NOC issuance. Haris Rauf, having been signed by Melbourne Stars as their marquee bowler, eagerly awaited confirmation for his stint in the BBL.

The audience remains divided on this issue, with some criticizing Haris for his decisions, while others support him, understanding his focus on limited-overs cricket and prioritizing his personal well-being. As the saga unfolds, cricket enthusiasts await further developments regarding Haris Rauf’s potential participation in the BBL amidst the intricate dynamics between the player and the cricket board.

Also, see:

All you need to know about Pakistan Test Tour of Australia 2023

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