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Rauf to return for Melbourne Stars after Bangladesh T20Is
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Rauf to return for Melbourne Stars after Bangladesh T20Is

Haris Rauf will return to Melbourne Stars following the third and final T20I against Bangladesh on Monday.

According to cricket.com.au, Haris will travel to Melbourne for the remaining matches of their Big Bash League campaign. "Haris Rauf will be returning to Melbourne on January 28 to feature in the remaining BBL matches for his side," said the PCB spokesperson.

Stars, who currently top the BBL points table, have lost three consecutive matches following Haris’ departure for the Bangladesh series. After head coach David Hussey confirmed about Sandeep Lamichhane’s departure for national duties, Rauf will bring back the firepower required in their bowling line-up.

Rauf has been a vital cog in the Stars line-up, picking up 16 wickets in seven appearances, including a hat-trick against Sydney Thunder at the MCG.

"Whatever he does, I hope he actually represents Pakistan for 100 Tests and 400 T20s and 150 one day internationals," Hussey said after their 71-run thrashing at the hands of Brisbane Heat on Saturday.

"He's brought a different dynamic to our group, he's tried every game he's played, he fields his butt off and he's just fitted in the group perfectly."

The Stars had drafted Dilbar Hussain as a replacement player for Haris Rauf ahead of their Saturday's clash against Brisbane Heat. Hussain, playing his first game at the MCG, was taken to the cleaners by AB de Villiers, who struck a whirlwind 71 off 37 to keep Brisbane Heat in contention for playoffs.

Dilbar conceded 56 in his quota of four overs, but Hussey believes the raw quick could 'create some havoc' in the tournament.

"It's his (Hussain's) first time at the MCG in front of a decent crowd representing a new team, his English is not great, he's only arrived with the Stars in the last couple of days," said Hussey.

"Foreign conditions (but) I thought there was a lot to offer – 145kph away swingers, good slower ball, good fast bouncer … good control, good yorker. I think he's got a pretty good future in the game."