PCB to delay Haris Rauf NOC to participate in Big Bash League 2023-24. According to reports, NOC is likely to be delay by at least December 11 four days after the BBL begins.
The PCB is anticipate to postpone the NOC for fast bowler Haris Rauf. Which would allow him to compete in the Big Bash League 2023, which is set to begin in December. According to rumors, the NOC will most certainly be postpone until at least December 11, and there is no guarantee that it would provide promptly after that date.
Mohammad Hafeez, the recently appointed Pakistan team’s director of cricket. Conduct a news conference before of the team’s departure to Australia for a three-match Test series, when he would purportedly provide an update on Rauf’s position.
The official reason for the postponement, according to ESPNCricinfo. T he PCB wants Rauf to compete in the National T20 Cup, which concludes on December 10. Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s new head selector, recently expressed his disappointment with Rauf’s decision to withdraw from the forthcoming three-match Test series in Australia, which begins on December 14.
Riaz stated that the speedster withdrew out of the tour at the last minute, despite the Pakistan medical team giving him the all-clear. Notably, as the top selector, Riaz has authority over the issuance of NOCs to players. As a result, Rauf’s sudden withdrawal from the Australia trip is expect to have a detrimental impact.
Melbourne Stars signed the 30-year-old as a Marquee player. Anticipating he would only be absent for Pakistan’s five-match T20 series in New Zealand in mid-January. However, the delay in the NOC would have a significant impact on the league. Rauf exploited as a marketing weapon for the BBL this year.
Cricket Australia and Melbourne Stars using Haris Rauf as a marketing tool
Notably, Cricket Australia and Melbourne Stars are targeting their domestic South Asian audience in a concerted marketing strategy. “House of Rauf” Membership on sale for the first three games at the MCG this year. As well as a special seating zone named ‘Haris Rauf Bay’.
Furthermore, the delay in Rauf’s NOC is likely to worry Pakistan’s centrally contracted players. Recently, contract discussions between the PCB and the players did not go well since both parties disagreed on how many foreign leagues each player may play in a year. They eventually agreed on two, which were subject to PCB obtaining a NOC to participate.