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PCB Reverses Decision, Restores Haris Rauf's Contract Upon Written Apology

Haris Rauf playing the PSL (X.com)Haris Rauf playing the PSL (X.com)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reinstated Haris Rauf's central contract after the 30-year-old fast bowler submitted a written apology to the board.

The Pakistan Cricket Board opted to restore the contract of Haris Rauf, the pacer for Lahore Qalandars. Rauf's contract had been terminated due to his absence from national team responsibilities. 

However, following Rauf's formal apology to the board, the PCB decided to reverse their initial decision.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi confirmed that the issue has been resolved. He stated that the matter was resolved once Rauf apologised for his actions. 

Rauf had previously cited the heavy workload as the reason for his difficulty in maintaining quality and withdrew from the Australian series.

The chief selector, Wahab Riaz, criticised Rauf for not being available, saying he broke his promise and harmed Pakistan cricket. Rauf, however, disagreed with this regarding his giving the word.

This decision upset the board, leading them to exclude him from the annual contracts of Pakistan players. 

Rauf showed more dedication to limited-overs T20 games over longer formats and continued to participate in the PSL, even though he eventually was injured and ruled out. Through this decision, the PCB aimed to send a clear message to players regarding commitment and priorities.

Next month, Pakistan will host New Zealand for a crucial five-match T20I series at home, which holds significance as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup in June. \

However, Pakistan are still in search of a head coach. Earlier this year, the Men in Green toured New Zealand and faced a disappointing 4-1 defeat in the T20I series. 

Pakistan is still without a head coach after Shane Watson and Darren Sammy's options didn't pan out as expected.