Criticism over Test withdrawal pushed Rauf to consider retirement: report

Haris Rauf pulled out of the Test series against Australia due to workload concerns

Criticism over Test withdrawal pushed Rauf to consider retirement: report PHOTO: PCB

Prior to the Australian tour, Mohammad Hafeez, the team director of the Pakistan cricket team, criticized Haris Rauf's decision to withdraw from the Test series in Australia. Addressing the media before the tour, Hafeez provided insights into Rauf's initial hesitation and subsequent change of heart.

A report by a local media outlet claimed that Rauf was disheartened by the criticism and even contemplated international retirement at one point. However, after consulting with friends, he reversed his decision and refocused on his cricketing career.

The report also mentioned that former director Mickey Arthur, recognizing Rauf's exceptional pace, actively tried to persuade him to join the Australia tour during the 2023 World Cup. Arthur emphasized Rauf's importance as a key asset, expressing a keen desire to see him in action against Australia in Test matches. Despite Arthur's efforts, Rauf consistently rejected the proposals, citing his limited experience in first-class cricket and concerns about potential injuries.

The report further claimed that during the World Cup, the 30-year-old fast bowler had cautioned the team management about his fitness concerns. Rauf expressed reservations about his current fitness level, anticipating challenges during Test matches and emphasizing the need for careful consideration.