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“Rauf Reinstated as Pakistan Begins T20 World Cup Preparation”

Star fast bowler Haris Rauf’s central playing contract has been reinstated by Pakistan as they unveil a new selection committee ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June.

During a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan’s chair Mohsin Naqvi addressed various issues concerning the team’s preparation for the T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean. Rauf’s Contract Reinstated: Earlier this year, Haris Rauf’s playing contract was terminated by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after he withdrew from the team’s Test tour of Australia. However, Naqvi acknowledged that the decision was erroneous, and Rauf’s contract has now been restored. This reinstatement comes as Rauf continues his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury sustained during the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL). Naqvi emphasized the importance of providing proper care and support to Rauf, considering his status as a key player for Pakistan.

New Selection Committee: Pakistan announced the formation of a new seven-member selection committee, comprising former players Asad Shafiq, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Yousuf, and Abdul Razzaq. Notably, each member will have an equal say in selection matters, without the requirement of a chief selector. The committee will also include the team’s captain, head coach, and a data analyst. Naqvi highlighted the aim of fostering healthy debates within the committee to ensure thorough decision-making.

Search for Head Coach: Finding a new head coach is a priority for Pakistan, with Naqvi refraining from speculation about potential candidates. While Mohammad Hafeez served as an interim coach during Pakistan’s recent tour of Australia and New Zealand, Naqvi expressed the desire to assemble a coaching panel comprising both foreign and Pakistani coaches.

Captaincy Dilemma: Naqvi hinted at the possibility of a new captain for the T20 World Cup, with Shaheen Afridi’s tenure as skipper under scrutiny despite his recent appointment. The decision regarding Shaheen’s captaincy will be made following the ongoing fitness camp. Naqvi stressed the importance of providing stability to the captaincy position to ensure accountability for on-field results.

Kakul Camp: Pakistan unveiled a list of 29 players attending a fitness camp in Kakul ahead of the upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand and the T20 World Cup. The camp aims to enhance players’ physical and mental strength while fostering team cohesion.

Increased Competition: Rauf’s contract reinstatement and the retirement reversals of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir have intensified competition for spots in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad. Naqvi welcomed Imad’s decision to return and emphasized the team’s focus on selecting the strongest possible squad for the tournament.

Overall, Pakistan’s preparations for the T20 World Cup are in full swing, with a renewed focus on team-building, selection, and performance enhancement.

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