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PCB Terminates Harif Rauf’s Central Contract, ‘Parts Ways’ with Muhammad Hafeez

The Pakistan Cricket Board announces the departure of Mohammad Hafeez as Director of Cricket alongside the termination of Haris Rauf's central contract.

In a significant shakeup within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mohammad Hafeez, the former Director of Cricket, has bid farewell to his role, coinciding with the termination of fast bowler Haris Rauf’s central contract.

Mohammad Hafeez’s Departure

Mohammad Hafeez, renowned for his contributions to Pakistan cricket both as a player and mentor, concluded his tenure as Director of Cricket with the PCB. The decision to part ways follows Hafeez’s brief stint overseeing the Pakistan men’s cricket team during their challenging tours of Australia and New Zealand.

 

Despite efforts to provide mentorship and guidance, the team faced formidable opposition, resulting in losses in both series. The announcement of Hafeez’s departure was met with gratitude from the PCB, acknowledging his dedication and influence on players, while also extending best wishes for his future endeavors.

Penalizing Haris Rauf

In a separate development, fast bowler Haris Rauf faced repercussions for his refusal to join Pakistan’s Test squad for the Australia tour. Following an extensive probe and a hearing process, the PCB decided to terminate Rauf’s central contract, effective from December 1, 2023.

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Additionally, Rauf will be ineligible for participation in any foreign league until June 30, 2024. The PCB emphasized the importance of upholding commitments and respecting the privilege of representing Pakistan in international cricket. Rauf’s decision to withdraw from the Test series without justifiable grounds was deemed a violation of his contractual obligations, prompting the board’s decisive action.

Implications and Reactions

The departure of Mohammad Hafeez and the termination of Haris Rauf’s contract signal a period of transition within the Pakistan cricketing landscape. While Hafeez’s exit marks the conclusion of his tenure as Director of Cricket, Rauf’s contract termination underscores the importance of accountability and adherence to contractual agreements.

The decisions have elicited varied reactions from stakeholders, with supporters expressing gratitude for Hafeez’s contributions and highlighting the need for discipline and commitment among players. As Pakistan cricket navigates through these changes, the focus remains on fostering a culture of professionalism and excellence to achieve sustained success on the international stage.