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ACB Grants Naveen-Ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi NOCs For IPL 2024

image-lr5vz25fNaveen-Ul-Haq and Mujeeb Ur Rahman during ICC Cricket World Cup [X.com]

In a major relief for Afghanistan's trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Naveen-Ul-Haq, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have granted the players limited No-Objections Certificates (NOC).

The ACB had last month canceled NOCs for the aforementioned players, following their desire to drop out of the central contract, for which the board punished the cricketers and further denied them permission to play franchise cricket for two years.

Since then, the trio had talks with ACB, and after a thorough investigation, the board has relaxed its stance, and are allowing Mujeeb, Farooqi, and Naveen limited NOCs to play league cricket while clearing them for central contract.  

However, ACB has served the three players a final warning, and wage cuts from monthly salary or match fees, and will strictly monitor the players performance and discipline during events. 

In a statement, ACB chair Mirwais Ashraf expressed that players moving forward refrain from similar inconveniences, and follow rules set in place by the board. 

ACB and rules are above all of us - Mirwais Ashraf 

"We really hope the players avoid making similar inconveniences in the future as we expect them to represent the country in the best of manners. The ACB and the rules are above all of us and it's important to adhere to the regulations because there are no exceptions for anyone in this regard. However, such cases of a similar nature would be dealt with more strictly as we prioritise the prestige of the Afghanistan Cricket and the organisation."

All three players - Mujeeb, Farooqi, and Naveen - have traveled with Team Afghanistan for the T20I series in India, which begins on January 11. 

All three players are contracted with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises and will now be expected to be available for the 2024 edition.