Pacer Haris Rauf was dropped from the team for the Test series against Pakistan. He did not have to hear any criticism about this. Chief selector Wahab Riaz himself criticized him. Team director Mohammad Hafeez also spoke to him separately.
Pakistan’s fastest bowler even thought of retiring from international cricket in the face of criticism.
Rauf was in Australia when Pakistan was playing a Test in Australia last December. But he was busy with the Big Bash, not the Test. Former captain Shahid Afridi also opened his mouth about this. Australia toured Pakistan now New Zealand. Rauf is also with the team, he played in the first two T20s of the series.
But according to Pakistani media reports, Rauf, who refused to play against Australia citing fatigue, was so frustrated by the criticism that he considered retiring from international cricket. However, the final decision was not taken on the advice of family and close friends.
Last December, selector Wahab Riaz claimed that Rauf first agreed to play Tests. But later changed the name. Later news came that Rauf never agreed to play Test. This pacer had said during the World Cup that it is not possible for him to take the pressure of such a continuous game.
Coach Mickey Arthur was keen to use Rauf’s pace on the Australian wicket. But Harris ignored the coach’s request. He played only one Test in his career. He got injured after playing only 13 overs in the Test. That fear remains Rauf.
Rauf is famous for taking wickets in slog overs in T20Is and ODIs. But away from Tests, the 30-year-old still hasn’t adjusted to the new ball in ODIs. Rauf was the most expensive bowler in the World Cup.