Haris Rauf’s BBL Journey Sparks Debate on Pakistan-First Policy for PCB Players

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The PCB has prioritized Pakistan over T20 franchises for players. This message is emphasized by team director Mohammad Hafeez. Haris Rauf has been caught in transition with new management priorities. The PCB insists domestic commitments come first, as Rauf plays for Islamabad in the National T20 Cup until December 10. Hafeez advocates a policy to discourage young cricketers from early T20 cricket. Rauf, who has primarily played white-ball cricket for Pakistan, faces a potential delay for the BBL’s Melbourne Stars. He initially turned down the chance to play Test cricket in Australia, which led to a dispute with Wahab Riaz and the PCB management. Hafeez stated that all centrally contracted players must be available for all formats. The current contracts allow players to participate in up to two leagues other than the PSL. The PCB emphasizes prioritizing workload management leading up to the 2024 T20 World Cup. Hafeez also restricted Under-19 players from participating in the National T20 Cup and will do the same for the PSL to focus on developing their skills.

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