Haris Rauf set to make his BBL return

The 26-year-old pacer has replaced leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane

Haris Rauf set to make his BBL return PHOTO: BBL

Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf is set to make his return in the ongoing season of Big Bash League (BBL) when the Melbourne Stars face off against Sydney Thunder on Thursday.

Rauf has been added to the Melbourne Stars squad in place of Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who is being rested due to an injury. Lamichhane is hoping to return for the Stars’ clash against Melbourne Renegades on Saturday.

The 26-year-old pacer was earlier removed from the Melbourne Stars squad after the arrival of South Africa’s fast-bowler Dale Steyn, despite a dream start to the tournament.

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Steyn, who was not available for the first two matches in the BBL, recovered from the side strain after getting injured during the Mzansi Super League and replaced Rauf. (MSL)

Rauf, in the absence of the South African pacer, had claimed seven wickets in just two matches with an economy rate of 5.87. His fifer against the Hobart Hurricanes caught the attention of fans around the world due to his sheer pace and control.