Lahore Qalandars owner Sameen Rana criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for publicly humiliating pace bowler Haris Rauf, which affected his performance in PSL 9.

Rauf found himself at the center of controversy after the PCB terminated his central contract following his refusal to join Pakistan’s Test squad for the Australia tour.

However, the decision was announced just two days before the start of the PSL 9, which sparked criticism and raised questions about the timing and manner of the announcement.

Sameen Rana expressed dissatisfaction with the untimely announcement, describing it as unnecessary and psychologically damaging for Rauf.

Source: Cricinfo

“The timing of that announcement was wholly unnecessary. There was no Pakistan series coming up, or any emergency situation that necessitated the announcement two days before the PSL,” said Rana.

“Whatever the logic was, the timing was really bad. It was a huge blow psychologically for him because his whole life’s main aim is playing for Pakistan.

Rauf, known as Lahore Qalandars’ premier bowler and their highest wicket-taker after Shaheen Afridi, faced public humiliation with the abrupt termination of his contract. PCB did not communicate with the bowler and announced the decision through a press release.

Rana criticized the lack of communication and professionalism in the process, highlighting the importance of treating employees with respect and dignity.

“I would never treat my employees like that. The employee at least has the right for you to call, email or message them. None of that happened with Rauf, and it was pathetic. It was really poor management.

The decision also came with an additional restriction, preventing Rauf from participating in any overseas T20 league until June 30, 2024, further limiting his opportunities in the cricketing arena.

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