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Shahid Afridi Calls for Support and Guidance for Haris Rauf

Former Pakistan captain and star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has expressed his concern over the poor form of fast bowler Haris Rauf, who has been ineffective in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9.

Rauf, who was one of the leading wicket-takers in the previous edition of the PSL, has failed to replicate his performance this year, conceding 110 runs in ten overs and taking only one wicket in three matches for Lahore Qalandars.

Afridi said that Rauf needs honest help and guidance from senior players and coaches to overcome his slump.

“Haris Rauf is a talented bowler who has done well for Pakistan in the past. He has the potential to become a great fast bowler for Pakistan in all formats. But right now, he is struggling with his bowling and I don’t understand why,” Afridi said in an interview with a local news channel.

“He needs our support and encouragement at this time. He needs to work on his skills and fitness with the help of experienced players and coaches. We should not sideline him or write him off. He is a valuable asset for Pakistan cricket and we should back him up,” he added.

Afridi also suggested that Rauf should play more four-day cricket to improve his bowling and stamina. He said that playing longer-format cricket would help Rauf develop his rhythm, accuracy and variation.

“Haris Rauf has mostly played T20 cricket, which is a very demanding and challenging format for fast bowlers. He needs to play more four-day cricket to enhance his bowling. When he plays longer-format cricket, he will learn how to bowl in different situations and conditions. He will also improve his fitness and endurance. He will become a more complete bowler,” Afridi said.

Rauf’s form has dipped since the World Cup 2023, where he was part of the Pakistan squad. He has not been able to make an impact in international cricket since then.

Rauf’s poor form has also affected his team’s performance in the PSL 9, as Lahore Qalandars have lost all three their matches so far. They are currently at the second last position in the points table with zero points.

Lahore Qalandars will hope that Rauf can regain his form and confidence in their next match against archrivals Karachi Kings at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore on February 24. The match is expected to be a high-voltage encounter, as both teams have a fierce rivalry and a large fan base.

PSL 9 is in full swing, as six teams are competing for the coveted trophy. Multan Sultans are leading the table with six points from three matches, followed by Quetta Gladiators and Islamad United with four and two points respectively. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs, which will be held in March.

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