Pakistan’s fast bowler Haris Rauf, recently criticized by Chief Selector Wahab Riaz for opting out of Test cricket, is reportedly feeling upset about the unjust comments directed at him.
The 30-year-old, who entered the international scene four years ago, is presently in Karachi for the National T20 Championship.
However, his primary focus lies on mentally, physically, and skill-wise preparing himself to make a comeback in Test cricket.
Family sources disclosed Rauf’s distress over the unwarranted criticism he faced during the World Cup.
Even those less familiar with the sport are now questioning his performance and form in the World Cup matches.
A close family source mentioned, “Haris is upset with the undue criticism unleashed on the pacers during the World Cup. Even those with limited knowledge are critiquing his form and questioning his wicket-taking ability in World Cup matches.”
Previously, Chief Selector Wahab Riaz stated in a press conference that Rauf initially assured the cricket board of his availability for Test cricket but backed out at the last moment. This contradicted reports suggesting Rauf never agreed to play the longer format, citing fitness concerns.
Rauf, who debuted internationally in January 2020, has a track record of only nine First-Class matches and one Test match against England in December 2022.
During the England Test, he bowled only 13 overs in one innings before exiting due to a fitness issue. Despite the recent controversy, Rauf remains steadfast in his determination to make a comeback in Test cricket and is committed to attaining peak mental and physical condition.