PCB grants BBL NOCs to Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Zaman Khan. They will be eligible to participate in the BBL until December 28, a timetable decided upon by the board after taking into account “the workload of players and the future tours programme of the national men’s team.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has awarded No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Pakistani bowlers Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, and Zaman Khan in order for them to compete in the forthcoming Big Bash League (BBL), which begins on Thursday, December 7.
The three players will be eligible to play in the BBL until December 28, according to the NOCs supplied, a timeline agreed upon by the board after taking into account “the workload of players and the future tours programme of the national men’s team.”
Pakistan’s cricket squad is presently in Australia for a three-match Test series. Rauf, who has traditionally been regarded as a white-ball specialist, was first considered for selection to the Test team for the series in Australia. However, he chose not to participate in the selection process, prompting PCB officials to openly criticize his decision.
Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s new head selector, also attacked Rauf’s decision. Stating that the right-arm bowler had changed his mind after originally agreeing to play the highly anticipated series.
“The PCB understands that this decision is in the best interests of all the stakeholders involve. While balancing the importance of game time with workload management,” the board stated.
Rauf and Mir, both leg spinners, are set to play for the Melbourne Stars. They will be limit to a total of five games for the team. Pacer Zaman, on the other hand, might play four games for the Sydney Thunder.
Olly Stone in line to replace Haris Rauf
England pacer Olly Stone is presently training with the Stars and might be called up if Rauf leaves. It’s worth noting that Peter Moores, Melbourne’s new head coach, also coaches Stone’s English county team Nottinghamshire.
The Stars will face the Brisbane Heat in the first match of the BBL 2023-2024 season on Thursday, December 7, at The Gabba. Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder will kick off their season.