T20 World Cup India vs Pakistan: Babar Azam bench on BBL pro Haris Rauf | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: In these days of enhanced backroom strategies in T20 club cricket, has the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) missed a trick or two by not allowing its players to play in leagues other than the IPL? Unhampered by such ‘exclusivity clauses’, Pakistan’s cricketers seem to thrive in such environments and bring home some secret sauces.
Fast bowler Harris Rauffor example, play for Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League and knows a thing or two about playing at the MCG, important information that captain Babar Azam will wait for when Pakistan plays India on Sunday.
“Haris Rauf knows these conditions well as the MCG is his home ground in the Big Bash League,” Babar said. “Unko kaafi information hai aur unhoney hamey kaafi information diya hai (he has a lot of information that he has given us). Yes, it will help us prepare for the match. We will get a lot of help from it.”
Babar also praised Harris because he has “improved a lot”, says his presence has made up for the injury absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi. “Hamara pace attack jo hai. . . Naseem, Shaheen, Haris. . . yeh hamari good luck hai.”
In contrast, India captain Rohit Sharma said the fact that so many of the team’s cricketers had not played in Australia before had necessitated the team’s early departure to Perth for a handy preparation period.
As Babar said, the pitch for the competition, as it is, has been mastered for two days, causing some intrigue as to how it will play out. In such a situation, Rauf’s tips are essential preparatory inputs for Pakistan.
Incidentally, batsman Shan Masood, who was hit on the head during practice and taken for scans, is fit and available to play while Fakhar Zaman has not yet fully recovered from knee injury.


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