Pakistan’s young pacer Haris Rauf has been included in the T20I squad of Pakistan against Bangladesh. The three T20Is are going to be played at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore and Haris Rauf will make his international debut in the series.
After playing tape-ball cricket professionally for a couple of years in Rawalpindi, Rauf was picked by the Lahore Qalandars in the Players Development Program (PDP). Veteran T20I pacer of Pakistan Sohail Tanvir was also very popular in tape-ball cricket in Rawalpindi and he was picked in the national team in the ICC World T20 in 2007.
Upon seeing Haris Rauf’s name in the T20I squad, Sohail Tanvir couldn’t resist and tweeted a well-wishing tweet for the young pacer from Rawalpindi.
Sohail Tanvir is also from Rawalpindi and he was also known as a tape-ball product. Tanvir said in his tweet that Haris is a wonderful talent and he is so happy to see another tape-ball specialist making it to the national squad of Pakistan.
Haris has been performing amazingly well for his every domestic team and he recently took the Big Bash League (BBL) by storm when he took a five-for and a hat-trick in the competition. Haris took 13 wickets in just 4 Big Bash matches but now he’s coming back to join the National team’s camp for the T20Is against Bangladesh.
In the domestic competitions of Pakistan, Haris Rauf also played under the captaincy of Sohail Tanvir for the Northern cricket team.
Haris bowled with extreme pace throughout the recently held National T20 Cup and played a key role in the title victory of Northern. Imad Wasim was also among the few other star players on the Northern side.
The game of cricket is dearly loved in the subcontinent. In Pakistan, cricket is treated like a religion and people can’t stop thinking and talking about this beautiful sport. The Pakistan Cricket Team also has a rich history and it has produced some of the world-class players in the past.
Pakistan is known as a factory of fast bowlers because the men in green have been producing gems after gems in the fast bowling department. From Fazal Mehmood to Sarfraz Nawaz and from Wasim Akram to Mohammad Amir, the production of fast bowlers never stopped in Pakistan.
A lot of the pace bowlers in Pakistan play tape-ball cricket for starters and they turn towards professional cricket after starting their cricketing career in the streets of Pakistan.
Today, we’re going to shed light on another inspirational story of a fast bowler who is going to don the national jersey in the T20I series against Bangladesh.
Of course, we’re talking about Haris Rauf and his journey from the Players Development Program to the National Cricket Team. Haris was unearthed by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars in its talent hunt program.
Haris bowled extremely fast in the trials and he was sent to Australia to take part in further professional training. Lahore Qalandars’ Head Coach Aaqib Javed saw the spark in the young bowler and he made efforts to prepare the young pacer for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2019.
Haris made his debut in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 and he had a fantastic season where he picked 11 wickets for the Qalandars. Before his tour to Australia, Haris was only playing tape-ball cricket professionally in Pindi and Islamabad.
After a successful PSL season, Haris started taking his cricket seriously and went on to perform in the premier domestic competitions of Pakistan. However, it won’t be wrong to say that Haris Rauf is a product of tape-ball cricket.