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Injury-afflicted Rumman Raees roped in as bowling consultant for Islamabad United
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Injury-afflicted Rumman Raees roped in as bowling consultant for Islamabad United

Rumman Raees will serve as Islamabad United's bowling consultant for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after going unpicked at the player draft earlier this month.

Raees made his international debut in 2016 and was a part of Pakistan's Champions Trophy-winning squad the following year, but a series of injuries have impeded his career.

The left-arm paceman, known for his canny variations, also played an integral role in Islamabad United's successful campaigns in PSL 2016 and 2018.

His most recent appearance in a competitive match arrived in last year's PSL when he turned out for Islamabad United in their four-wicket defeat to Karachi Kings in March.

Raees has since missed Pakistan's domestic season due to the aggravation of his back injury, which ruled him out of PSL 6 as well.

“It’s an honour for me that Johan and Islamabad United selected me for this role. I’d also like to thank Ali Naqvi [ISLU owner] for this opportunity," the 29-year-old said, reacting to his appointment in the new role.

"Islamabad United have always backed me over the last five years, through my good times and my bad times, and I want to give back to them as they have given to me," he added.

Raees has plenty of PSL experience under his belt, having taken 34 wickets in 32 games for United at a decent economy rate of 7.43.

Elaborating on the selection process, the fast bowler confirmed he was a bit taken aback when asked by head coach Johan Botha to audition for the role considering he is still an active cricketer.

Raees' appointment somewhat resembles the manner in which New Zealand bowler Ish Sodhi was drafted in by Rajasthan Royals as their spin consultant for IPL 2020.

"When Johan asked me for an interview, I was surprised by it, but having had discussions with him over the past month I think we will be able to make plans for our bowlers to maximize what we have," Raees stated.

"I will fully back all the guys on the field and make sure that I can share my experience of T20 cricket with them.”

Botha, who replaces Misbah-ul-Haq at the helm of affairs for Islamabad in PSL 2021, claimed Raees' signing in the consultant position was a direction forward and met the requirements of modern-day cricket.

"At Islamabad United, we want to have a progressive approach that caters to modern-day T20 cricket and Rumman is perfect for our ideology," he said.

"He is playing cricket currently, understands the needs of modern-day cricket and can relate to our young bowling line-up. We are very happy to have him in the setup.”