Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has raised eyebrows by expressing his concerns about Haris Rauf’s choice to skip the upcoming Test series against Australia and putting his franchise league’s commitments over nation.
Akram pointed out that to stand alongside the contemporary cricket greats, Haris Rauf should learn to manage his workload and take on the challenges presented by Test cricket.
Here’s what the legendary Pakistan speedster told the reporters:
“That’s his decision. He’s a contracted player, so there’s a lot of controversy back home. There are some white-ball specialist cricketers in this day and age. If he thinks he’s not there as yet, then that’s his call. Test is a big boy’s game at the end of the day. You’ve got to bowl eight-over spells.”
Haris Rauf, frequently seen in Pakistan’s T20 side, had a brief stint in Test cricket, bowling 13 overs against England last year. Since then, he has not expressed any intention to continue in the longer format.
“In T20 you bowl four overs and stand at fine leg. Piece of cake. Test cricket is a long race, and if you want to be remembered as a great of the game, that’s where Test cricket comes in.”