Young speedster Haris Rauf is excited to make his maiden international appearance in front of the home crowd when Pakistan takes on Bangladesh in the first T20I on January 24 at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
“I am not under pressure, in fact, I am excited to make my debut in front of the home crowd. I will be lucky enough if I get a chance and play my first match on home soil,” Rauf said in his first interaction with media after getting his name in the national squad for home three-match T20I series against Bangladesh.
Aims for first international series
Rauf targets the man-of-the-series award as he is confident to utilize the experience he got while playing the Big Bash League (BBL). “I know people are excited about me and expecting a lot. To be honest, it is an honor for me that people are talking about me and I think it will give me confidence,” he said.
“If you ask about my targets in this series, so definitely nothing will be more satisfying than to show my strength and bag best player of the series award. Let’s see how things go on,” Rauf added.
Feelings after being picked in the national squad
It was a dream comes true for right-arm pacer when he got his name announced for Pakistan T20I squad. “It was an exceptional feeling for me. Every player dreams of playing for the home country so I do. My parents were happy and due to their prayers I reached this moment,” he said.
The 26-year-old pacer wants to play all three formats of the game with full pride. “Obviously, my target is to represent Pakistan in all three formats of the game,” he maintained.
Learning experience with Waqar Younis
The youngster is looking forward to spending quality time with one of the greats of the game and former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis who is with the national squad as bowling coach.
“Waqar Bhai is an experienced guy and a prolific pacer of his time. He is an inspiration for young pacers in the team,
“I will try to gain knowledge of bowling reverse swing from him and obviously yorkers for which he was famous,” he said.