PCB terminates Haris Rauf’s contract for refusing to play Tests in Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday took disciplinary action by terminating the central contract of fast bowler Haris Rauf due to his withdrawal from the recent Test series in Australia.
Additionally, the PCB declared that Haris would not be issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in any foreign league until June 30, 2024.
“Fast bowler Haris Rauf has been penalised by Pakistan Cricket Board, following a probe into his refusal to join Pakistan’s Test squad for the tour of Australia 2023-24,” the PCB said in a statement.
“After a thorough hearing process conducted by a PCB committee and taking into consideration the views of all stakeholders involved in the matter, Haris’ central contract has been terminated from December 1, 2023 and no NOC (No objection certificate) to play any foreign league will be granted up to June 30, 2024.”
The PCB stated that its management afforded Haris an opportunity for a personal hearing, adhering to the principles of natural justice, on January 30. However, his response during the hearing was deemed unsatisfactory by the PCB.
“Refusal to be part of Pakistan’s Test squad in the absence of any medical report or justifiable reason is a material violation of the central contract,” the Board said.
Players with central contracts in category B like Haris get paid a monthly salary of around 4.6 million, besides match fees, allowances and other eligible bonuses.
Pakistan’s three-match Test tour of Australia happened between December 18, 2023 and January 7, 2024. Pakistan lost all the three Tests.
Chief selector Wahab Riaz had told a press conference before the tour to Australia in December last that Haris, after initially making himself available for the Tests, had pulled out, citing work management and fitness issues.
At the same time the national team was engaged in the three Tests against Australia, Haris appeared in the Big Bash League.
The PCB, however, did allow his selection in the T20 squad for the subsequent series in New Zealand.
(With inputs from PTI)

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