Haris Rauf's BBL journey is culmination of Lahore Qalandars' trust in process: CEO Rana.


LAHORE -- Two years ago, Haris Rauf was just a name, a no one, an unknown entity. Today, he is playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. The 26-year-old pacer had never played organised cricket before September 2017 when he travelled from his hometown of Rawalpindi to Gujranwala to appear in Lahore Qalandars' player development programme (PDP) trials. His fierce bowling impressed everyone and he was immediately picked up by the Qalandars for their development squad's tour of Australia. In 2018, he made his first organised T20 appearance for the Qalandars at Abu Dhabi T20 Cup, guiding his side to a title triumph.

Earlier this year, he made his Pakistan Super League (PSL) debut and got everyone's attention with his pace and attitude. On Friday, he started his Big Bash League career for Melbourne Stars and took two wickets for just 20 runs against Brisbane Heats, including a wicket on his first-ever delivery in BBL. The management of Lahore Qalandars feel that the emergence of Rauf is the success of its famous talent hunt. 'When we joined PSL, there was no real emerging talent available, which is why we started the PDP because we wanted to win through a process - a process of developing our talent which is otherwise lost in oblivion due to unavailability of platforms,' said Qalandars CEO Atif Rana. 'The way Haris has been performing all over and being sought after by other teams is a recognition...

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