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Thursday Jan 16 2020

Haris Rauf one of many rising stars for Pakistan cricket: Atif Rana

CEO of Lahore Qalandars Atif Rana. Photo: Reporter 

CEO of Lahore Qalandars Atif Rana has said that the selection of speedster Haris Rauf for the upcoming Bangladesh series was "the first step towards serving Pakistan cricket."

In an interview with Geo News, Rana said that Rauf’s maiden call-up for the national side would be one of many future stars that would rise from the Lahore Qalandars' Player Development Program to represent the country.

"I’m overjoyed and excited to see Haris Rauf being picked for Pakistan. It is very special because it was a long, difficult and challenging process to develop players for Pakistan," Rana said.

"This is success of that long process, and first steam towards our goal. The goal is to provide players to Pakistan cricket," he said.

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Meanwhile, the Qalanadars CEO believed that the rise of the 26-year-old was the result of a rigorous process and said that other future stars too would follow suit.

"Rauf has gone through quite a process to get where he is. He started off being selected from the development squad then playing in Australia," he said.

"Others will come through same process, we aren’t rushing to expose them."