Lahore Qalandars are relying heavily on their pace duo of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). 

While Shaheen has been their strike bowler for the past couple of years, Haris has also improved his bowling to a great extent. Rauf has taken this opportunity to clarify that he is not in competition with Shaheen and both of them will try to perform for their side.

“I am not competing against Shaheen Afridi in the race for most wickets. I was happy when he took more wickets than me last season to become the leading wicket-taker in PSL,” Rauf said.

Shaheen was the highest wicket taker in the last edition of the competition whereas Rauf ended 2020 as the leading wicket-taker in the T20 format. He has now set his eyes on repeating his heroics in the PSL as well.

“My target in PSL 6 is simple and that is to give my best, take as many wickets as possible and make my team win the Pakistan Super League,” Rauf said.

Rauf rued the opportunity of missing out on the title glory against Karachi Kings in the final of PSL 2020 but he’s looking to gain the same momentum this year. 

“We played the final last year but unfortunately lost to Karachi Kings. It was disappointing but we are back now and will continue with the momentum that we had. Most of the players are the same that were with us last year, they’re in good form as well, which is a promising sign for our team. This time, we will try our best to win the tournament,” he said.

He also reflected on his journey through Lahore Qalandars’ Player Development Program (PDP) and termed the entire experience as a “dream come true” for him.

“It is a dream come true journey, from Qalandars’ PDP to Pakistan team, it is a proud moment. Playing for Pakistan is what every cricketer in [the national squad] dreams of and it was possible only because of the first step I took from the platform of Lahore Qalandars,” he concluded.