Pakistan end Rauf's contract for Australia tour refusal - 2 minutes read

Haris Rauf has played one Test, 37 one-day internationals and 66 T20s for Pakistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board has terminated fast bowler Haris Rauf's central contract after he refused to go on the Test tour of Australia.

Pakistan lost 3-0 in the three-match series between December and January.

The Test tour clashed with Australia's T20 franchise tournament, the Big Bash League (BBL), which Rauf subsequently featured in for Melbourne Stars.

The PCB has also banned the 30-year-old from playing in any foreign leagues until 30 June.

The governing body has not given Rauf the 'no objection certificate' which would allow him to play in overseas domestic competitions.

However, this does not affect his international commitments - and the seamer is expected to feature in Pakistan's matches during that time, including a white-ball series against England in May.

The PCB said Rauf's explanations for his refusal to tour Australia had been deemed "unsatisfactory" during a hearing on the matter.

"Refusal to be part of Pakistan's Test squad in the absence of any medical report or justifiable reason is a material violation of the central contract," the PCB statement added.

Rauf has only played one Test match for Pakistan, but is a senior figure in their white-ball sides. He featured in the five-match T20 series against New Zealand which followed the Australia tour.

Source: BBC News

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