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Lahore Qalandars pace bowler Haris Rauf has revealed that he is hoping to use the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a launching pad to get into the Pakistan team and even the World Cup squad.
Rauf is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in the PSL with 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 15.45 and an economy rate of 6.80.
Given his impressive start to the PSL, Rauf is hoping to get on the national selectors’ radar and be given a chance to make his international debut.
However, when asked if he feels he is ready to make the jump to international cricket, Rauf told PakPassion: “I have been playing some very good quality cricket for almost a year and a half, and I have put in a lot of effort during this period of time.
“To me, the quality and standard of cricket that we see in the PSL is pretty similar to what one would find in international cricket. I feel that if I am given a chance to play for Pakistan, I will have no real difficulty in playing international cricket, God Willing.”
While Rauf knows that getting into Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup later this year is a long shot, he is still clinging on to that shred of hope.
“It would be a dream come true to play in the World Cup, but it is really down to the selectors to decide if they feel that I am suitable enough for the Pakistan squad for the World Cup this summer,” he said. “If they think that I have the abilities and skills which are a good fit for the side, then I will be more than happy to play for my country if given a chance to do that.
“My chances for selection as well as my preparation for the road ahead are based upon the advice I am receiving and will be given by Aaqib Javed and Sameen Rana. Lahore Qalandars have been kind enough to sign me up for a contract for 10 years and I will always be indebted to them for putting their trust in me, and I hope to repay their trust by following their guidance in the future.”