ISLAMABAD, Feb 20 (APP):Former Australia great Mathew Hayden is thrilled to watch the fast bowling in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and has singled-out Lahore Qalandars’ pacer Haris Rauf as the fear factor for Pakistan at the international level in future.
Hayden, who is o commenting on PSL matches was impressed with Rawalpindi-born 25-year-old Rauf, who took a match winning four for 23 in Lahore’s 23-run win over Karachi Kings in Dubai on Saturday, said a press release issued here.
Hayden said the talent of the players, like Haris Rauf is amazing. Rauf is regarded as the latest Rawalpindi Express after discovered in a talent hunt camp in Gujranwala in September 2017.
He was later part of the Lahore’s development tour to Australia.
Rauf said he loves to bowl fast and his primary goal is
to play for Pakistan after good showing in the HBL PSL.
Hayden, who briefly held the record for the highest Test
score of 380 he made against Zimbabwe at Perth in 2003, reckons
Rauf could be a fear factor for Pakistan at the international level.
“He (Rauf) is kind of opposition side’s fear for Pakistan. That
unknown factor because the reality is that there may be a bunch of
fast bowlers who could not have been recognised in Pakistan cricket
and to come to the fore in the PSL is amazing. “There have been a
couple of wrong footed bowlers and the proliferation of left-arm
fast bowlers (in Pakistan), we have a couple of left-armers in
Australia. That side (of exploring the fast bowlers’ talent)
stands out for me,” said the former Australian great.
Hayden, who played 103 Tests, 161 ODIs and nine T20Is in
a glittering career, said getting a connection with Pakistan
cricket excites him.
“Its been good for me personally (exposure in the HBL PSL)
as I had little connection with Pakistan cricket. I never toured
Pakistan and only ever seen them on the neutral territories in
Sri Lanka and UAE (in 2002),” he added.
Hayden believes the main objective through HBL PSL is to
get international cricket back to Pakistan.
“It is hard to say how the HBL PSL has been compared to other
leagues as I have been to one venue for just four days,” opined
Hayden. “But the beauty of the PSL is that they do explore the
“The ultimate goal, however, for Pakistan cricket is to get
cricket back to Pakistan. I am not going to Pakistan because of
my prior commitments but the goal should be to bring cricket
back to Pakistan.”
Hayden believes Twenty20 cricket is growing in popularity.
“The way that cricket is set up, there is no question that
there is too much cricket. But having said, that I am not sure
that its an invective blow on one of the formats of the game,”
“The reality is that T20 cricket is a growing product and
is growing interest in the game across the broader demographic
of the game as well and that has the ability to be able to
cannibalise the effect of the other formats of the game.”