'I will always be available for Islamabad police,' says Haris Rauf

Lahore Qalandars gave platform to Haris after which he played for Pakistan

March 28, 2023

Pakistan's fast bowler Haris Rauf, who was given honorary DSP rank on Tuesday, said he will be available for Islamabad police any time. 

In an exclusive conversation with Geo News, Haris thanked IG Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and the capital's police for recognising his services for Pakistan. 

"I am thankful to IG and Islamabad police for making me their goodwill ambassador," he said. 

"Whenever they need me, I will always be available to them," he added. 

Meanwhile, IG Islamabad said it is an honour for them to have Haris as their ambassador. "Since Haris is from Islamabad, it is an honour for us to make him our ambassador. I am confident that he will set a good image of Islamabad police," he said. 

Haris, who used to play tape ball cricket in Rawalpindi, rose to fame after he was picked up in open trials held by two-time Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Lahore Qalandars. 

Qalandars invested in Haris and sent him to Australia under their player development program. Haris featured in Big Bash League (BBL) before making his T20I debut for Pakistan in 2020. 

Over the period of time, Haris became the identity of Qalandars and also led Pakistan's bowling unit alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi. Currently, he is the main bowler in Pakistan team. 

Haris alongside Shaheen also played an important role in Qalandars' back-to-back PSL title victories. 

Qalandars, who suffered in PSL initially, bounced back in the tournament to bag back-to-back titles during the last two years. Under the captaincy of Shaheen, Qalandars won PSL seven and eight at their home ground. On both occasions, Qalandars beat Multan Sultans in the final. 

Alam Zeb Safi is a senior reporter for The News