Haris Rauf found himself in hot water with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after his refusal to join Pakistan’s Test squad for the tour of Australia 2023-24.

The governing body penalized the fast bowler by terminating his central contract yesterday.

The decision, which came after a thorough probe and hearing, has sent shockwaves through the cricketing community.

Additionally, the PCB has also barred him from obtaining any No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in foreign leagues until June 30, 2024.

In a statement, the PCB expressed disappointment with Rauf’s decision, emphasizing that representing Pakistan is the ultimate honour for any sportsperson.

The refusal to join the Test squad without a valid medical report or justifiable reason was deemed a violation of his central contract.

The issue surfaced when Haris Rauf withdrew from the Test series at the eleventh hour, citing fitness concerns in November last year.

Wahab Riaz, while announcing the squad, revealed that Rauf had initially consented to participate in the Test series but later changed his mind.

Despite assurances from the team management regarding support and management of his workload, Rauf opted out of the series, citing fatigue.

The team physio confirmed that Rauf had no injury concerns but was fatigued, a condition that could have been managed effectively.

The decision by the PCB has sparked a strong reaction on social media, with cricket fans expressing divided opinions.

While some believe the punishment is warranted given the circumstances, others perceive it as overly harsh.

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