Afghan cricketers Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen Ul Haq and Mujeeb ur Rahman likely to miss IPL

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is unlikely to grant NOCs to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen Ul Haq, and Fazalhaq Farooqi for the next two years

Afghan cricketers Fazalhaq Farooqi (left), Naveen Ul Haq (middle) Mujeeb ur Rahman (right) (Photo: IANS)
Afghan cricketers Fazalhaq Farooqi (left), Naveen Ul Haq (middle) Mujeeb ur Rahman (right) (Photo: IANS)

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Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is unlikely to offer No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen Ul Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi for the next two years, putting their participation in the Indian Premier League 2024 season in doubt.

According to a release issued by the ACB, the board has decided to delay the annual contracts for year 2024 for these players having formed a "dedicated committee to thoroughly investigate the matter", after they expressed a desire to be released from their central contracts from January 1.

"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," the ACB said on its website.

"By opting for their release, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has decided to take disciplinary measures against these players," the board added.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has been delaying the 2024 annual central contracts for national players, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and Naveen Ul Haq for giving priority to franchise leagues.

The ACB has now decided not to grant them No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the next two years following their intention to be released from their annual central contracts. It is necessary to have NBC from the national federation if a player wants to play in a foreign league like the Indian Premier League.

Afghanistan are also set to play a three-match T20I series against India with the first game to be played on January 11 in Mohali, second on January 14 in Indore and third on January 17 in Bengaluru.

"In response, the ACB assigned a dedicated committee to thoroughly investigate the matter, develop appropriate recommendations that best serve the ACB's interests and share them with the ACB's top management," the ACB said.

The board added that Mujeeb, Naveen and Farooqi have also requested to "consider their consent for participation in the national events".

While Mujeeb was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 2 crore during the auction earlier this month for IPL 2024, Naveen was retained by Lucknow Super Giants and Farooqi by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The ACB further informed that its special committee has made a three-point recommendation.

"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," read the first point.

The ACB said NOCs to these three players will be revoked immediately.

Each of these three players represented Afghanistan in the 50-over World Cup in October-November.

The ACB was told to transparently communicate ACB’s stance to the cricketing community, including the ICC, the ACC, Member Countries/Cricket Boards, and the Afghanistan Public.

The decision by the Afghanistan Cricket Board is made with a focus on national priorities, aligned with the ACB's core values and principles.

It also highlighted the necessity for every player to maintain the ACB's principles and prioritize the country's interests above their personal ones.

(With inputs from IANS)

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