Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf

The Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf is set to return to Melbourne Stars in January to play BBL10. Rauf’s return to the Stars setup was made possible after South Africa confirmed their dates for their first tour of Pakistan since 2007.

Rauf is currently with the Pakistan squad in New Zealand where the team is set to play three T20Is and two Test matches.

Haris Rauf returns to BBL10

Rauf, who made his debut for Pakistan earlier this year, represented Stars in the previous season and took 20 wickets, which included a hat-trick against Sydney Thunder and a fifer against Hobart Hurricanes.

“I’m very happy that I can come back to the Melbourne Stars this season and play at the MCG again,” Rauf said. “It was an unbelievable journey last season and changed my life in so many ways. The Stars fans were very supportive of me and I can’t wait to play in front of them again. The support of all the Pakistan community in Melbourne was fantastic and hopefully, we can put in some big performances this season,” he added.

Melbourne Stars head coach on Rauf’s return

The 27-year-old pacer will become the third overseas player after Andre Fletcher (who came in as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow) and Nicholas Pooran to join the team. He will join the team in January 2021 and remain with them till early February.

Rauf is expected to arrive in early January and be available until the start of February. Melbourne Stars head coach David Hussey welcomed Rauf’s return.”Haris was one of the best stories of last season and made an incredible contribution for us. His energy was fantastic for the team and we’re really pleased to have him coming back. Haris gives us another dimension and threat in our bowling attack with his raw pace,” Hussey said.