Afghanistan Cricket Board imposes sanctions on three players for commercial league prioritization

Afghanistan Cricket Board decided to revoke the NOCs given to Naveen, Mujeeb and Farooqi after they wanted to opt out of the annual central contracts.

Mathew K
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The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has made a significant decision by imposing disciplinary measures on three national team players by postponing their national contracts. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and Naveen-ul-Haq are the players who are in the spotlight. These players have faced contracts delayed and the No Objection Certificates (NOCs) have been suspended for the following two years.


The board's significant decision arose when the three players conveyed their desire to be released from central contracts as they wanted to prioritise franchise cricket. The ACB argued that such a choice of favouring franchise leagues over national commitments showcases a breach of their national responsibility. In response, the ACB also launched a thorough investigation to address the issue comprehensively.

"The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to delay the 2024 annual central contracts for national players, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and Naveen Ul Haq. Additionally, the Board has opted not to grant them No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the next two years following their intention to be released from their annual central contracts," the ACB said in a release.





Board has decided to take disciplinary measures against these players

All three cricketers are set to participate in the IPL scheduled for March-April this year. The off-spinner Mujeeb was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at his base price of ₹2 crore, while pacers Naveen and Farooqi were retained by their franchises, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) respectively. Currently, Mujeeb is part of the Melbourne Renegades squad in the Big Bash League in Australia. It remains to be seen if he will be called back, considering the immediate suspension of all NOCs granted to the three cricketers by the ACB committee.

"The insistence on not signing the central contract for these players was their involvement in commercial leagues, prioritizing their personal interests over playing for Afghanistan, which is regarded as a national responsibility. By opting for their release, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has decided to take disciplinary measures against these players," ACB said.

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