Haris Rauf ruled out of PSL 9 due to injury

Pakistan Super League (PSL) defending champions Lahore Qalandars have suffered a major setback. The team’s fast bowler Haris Rauf has been ruled out for this season.

“Haris Rauf, Pakistan and Lahore Qalandars’ premier fast bowler will be unavailable for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League after suffering a dislocated shoulder during a narrow defeat against Karachi Kings last night,” Lahore Qalandars said in a press release.

“He fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the 20th over while completing a stunning catch to dismiss Hasan Ali. Despite the injury, he walked off with his arm strapped and underwent scans. Rauf had an exceptional performance, bowling the most economical four overs last night, conceding 22 runs with one wicket, playing a crucial role in the final over to pull the game.

“The medical panel, after consultation, concluded that he needs four to six weeks to recover, forcing him to miss the PSL season.”

In the match against Karachi, Haris came from the long-off and hurt himself while tumbling to the ground. Initially, it looked like the catch was not taken but the third umpire adjudged as out.

He had an elastic bandage around the shoulder of his right hand and was taken out of the field.

Lahore’s skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi expressed his sorrow on Rauf’s injury which will keep him out for the remainder of the season saying that he has been a pillar of strength for the team.

“As a team, we are deeply saddened by Haris Rauf’s injury. It was painful to see him missing out as he’s been a pillar of strength for us, and his absence will be felt. In the face of adversity, we stand united, and I have full confidence that the team will rise to the occasion,” Shaheen said on Rauf’s injury.

Lahore lost to Karachi by two wickets in a thrilling encounter on Saturday and recorded their fourth consecutive loss in the PSL 9.

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