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 Naveen Ul Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi Out of IPL 2024 After ACB Denies NOC

image-lql6it1dMujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi And Naveen Ul Haq Mureed (Source: X.com)

In a significant turn of events, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have imposed sanctions on three of their premier international cricketers, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi And Naveen Ul Haq Mureed, after they refused to sign central contracts. The sanctions include no central contract for one-year alongside a ban on providing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the next two years.

This comes as a major blow to their current franchises in different leagues, including the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), where all three of them are part of the 2024 edition of the tournament. While Naveen and Farooqi were retained by their respective franchises Lucknow and Hyderabad, Mujeeb was recently bought in the auction by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for his base price of ₹ 2 Crores.

A top member of the ACB's dedicated committee shed light on the matter and ascertained that these three wanted to get themselves released from the contract while also hoping to represent the national side on different occasions.

“The three players formally communicated their decision to the ACB, expressing their desire to release themselves from the annual central contract, starting from 1st January 2024, as well as requested to consider their consent for their participation in the national events.”

To this, the ACB set up a dedicated committee whose job was to look into the matter and provide genuine suggestions going forward. The committee presented the following recommendations to the ACB’s top management:

  • Not Awarding Central Contracts: Starting from January 1, 2024, the three players shall not be eligible for the central contract for one year. In this case, ACB will consider and decide their participation in events when needed.
  • Delay Granting No Objection Certificates (NOCs): Consideration of these players as non-eligible to obtain No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for two years. All current NOCs shall be revoked immediately.
  • Transparently communicate ACB’s stance to the cricketing community, including the ICC, the ACC, Member Countries/Cricket Boards, and the Afghanistan Public.

The ACB has taken the matter seriously, considering that the three involved wanted to focus on T20 leagues across the globe, which did not go down well with the board, who want players to consider their national duties as of utmost importance.

Further, the disciplinary action taken against them will ensure that no such player goes the route of becoming a global T20 freelancer in the upcoming future.