Last year's Big Bash League pace sensation Haris Rauf will not be turning out for Melbourne Stars in the upcoming edition of the T20 tournament.
Rauf will be unavailable for Australia's premier T20 competition, scheduled to begin on December 10, owing to national duty. The 27-year-old has been named a part of Pakistan's extended 35-man squad for the tour of New Zealand and will later be in action in the prospective South Africa series, ruling him out of BBL 2020/21.
Rauf shot to prominence in the previous BBL season, where he often dismantled opposing batsmen with his lightning speeds and regal precision.
The tearaway speedster took 20 wickets in 10 games at an average of 13.35 throughout the tournament with best figures of 5-27 and also registered a historic hat-trick for the Stars.
Rauf's BBL heroics allowed him to earn a maiden call-up to Pakistan's T20I side and has since then gone on to represent the national team in eight T20Is and two ODIs.
"Haris Rauf is unavailable for the BBL this season due to international commitments with Pakistan," said Nick Cummins - General Manager of Melbourne Stars.
"While we'll miss his raw pace and energy, Haris is one of the BBL's best recent success stories. His time with the Melbourne Stars fundamentally changed the direction of his career and we're delighted to see that success continue at the international level," he added.
Although the Stars had opted for Dilbar Hussain as a temporary replacement for Rauf during his BBL stint in 2019/20, they have now announced West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran in the squad.
Pooran will serve as the batting replacement to strengthen the Stars' powerhouse line-up comprising the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and newly signed Jonny Bairstow.
“The Melbourne Stars have a very strong team and I’m happy I can be part of that for a few matches this season,” Pooran said.
“I’m also excited to be part of the BBL and heard many good things from Glenn Maxwell. I will keep playing my natural game for the team and hope it helps get the Stars some positive results.”