Cricket - December 26, 2023

ACB Imposes Sanctions and Delays Central Contracts of Three Afghan National Team Players

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to delay the 2024 annual central contracts for national players Mujeeb ur Rehman, Fazal Haq Farooqui and Naveen ul Haq. Additionally, the board has opted not to grant him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play franchise cricket for the next two years.

Let us tell you that these three Afghan players participate in the world’s biggest franchise cricket leagues.

Central to these players’ insistence on not signing contracts was their participation in commercial leagues, which prioritized their personal interests over playing for Afghanistan, which is considered a national responsibility. Opting for their release, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has decided to take disciplinary measures against these players.

All three players formally informed the ACB of their decision, expressing their wish to release themselves from the annual central contract starting from January 1, 2024, as well as considering their consent for their participation in national events. Requested to do. The Committee then presented the following recommendations to the top management of ACB.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Transparently communicate ACB’s stance to the cricketing community, including the ICC, the ACC, Member Countries/Cricket Boards, and the Afghanistan Public.

Source ACB

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