Shahid Afridi 'not quite understanding' Haris Rauf's declining form

Sports Desk
Shahid Afridi (right) and Haris Rauf. — Facebook/Instagram/File
Shahid Afridi (right) and Haris Rauf. — Facebook/Instagram/File

Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s former flamboyant skipper, spoke about fast bowler Haris Rauf’s declining form and stressed the need for him to get guidance.

Speaking on a local news channel, Afridi emphasised the importance of not marginalising Rauf but instead providing him with the support and mentorship he needs to regain his form.

"Right now, Haris Rauf seems to be struggling with his bowling, and I'm not quite understanding it. He needs honest help at this moment, the guidance of seniors is necessary because we shouldn't sideline him completely," Afridi said.

Afridi stressed recognising Rauf's potential and past contributions to the team's success.

"He has given some fantastic performances for Pakistan. That boy will improve even more when he plays longer-format cricket. When he plays four-day cricket, his bowling will automatically improve, but right now, he needs our support," he further added.

Rauf's form has declined since the World Cup 2023 and has been seemingly struggling in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9.

In the first game against Islamabad United, he conceded 38 runs in three overs while against Quetta Gladiators, he picked a wicket while giving away 47 runs.

PSL season nine is in full swing as teams look to bag the elusive trophy.

Four matches have already been played in the event with Quetta Gladiators at the top of the table with two wins in as many games.

At the end of the remaining matches, the top four teams will qualify for the playoffs of PSL 9.