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LAHORE: Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf on Sunday heaped high praise on fellow pacer Mohammad Amir on his return to international cricket ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Rauf suffered a shoulder injury during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine, consequently being sidelined for the remaining matches of the tournament as well as the T20I series against New Zealand.

He addressed the media on the sidelines of Pakistan’s training session for the upcoming tours of Ireland and England, in a build-up to the T20 World Cup 2024.

“It is always difficult to return from an injury, however, I am fully fit and trying to get back in rhythm,” said Rauf.

The right-arm pacer then addressed Amir’s return to the national team and their competition.

“Muhammad Amir’s return has increased confidence within the team. He is a senior bowler and I get to learn a lot from him,” Rauf stated.

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“The team benefits when there is competition for spots between bowlers. You try to perform better than one another so that the team benefits,” he added.

The 30-year-old pacer also expressed his aim to win the World Cup for Pakistan, having played the semi-final and final in the 2021 and 2022 editions respectively.

“We played great cricket in the last World Cup, we reached the final. We are now trying not to repeat those mistakes. We will do our best to bring happiness to our people,” he concluded.

It is worth mentioning here that the Pakistan men’s cricket team is currently participating in a three-match training session here ahead of their three-match T20I series against Ireland.

All three matches will be held at Clontarf in Dublin on 10, 12 and 14 May 2024 and will start at 3 PM local time.

The three-match away series, followed by four T20Is in England, will serve as a stepping stone for the Green Shirts to boast their preparations for this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA).

Pakistan squad for Ireland and England T20Is

Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Salman Agha, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan.

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