The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has made changes to the sanctions imposed on three national players – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and Naveen Ul Haq – after conducting a thorough investigation.
These amended sanctions now allow the players to receive central contracts and participate in franchise leagues, but with a strong condition: they must fully commit to national duties and prioritize the interests of the ACB.
The review process began when the players themselves approached the ACB, expressing their eagerness to represent Afghanistan in cricket once more. The ACB took into account the players’ initial stance and their significance to the national team.
The committee responsible for the investigation then presented its recommendations to the ACB board for consideration.
The revised sanctions include a final written warning for the players and a specific salary deduction from their monthly earnings and/or match fees.
Additionally, the ACB will issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to these players, but with a clear emphasis on prioritizing national duty and the board’s interests.
The ACB may also grant central contracts to the players but will closely monitor their performance and discipline.
Mirwais Ashraf, the ACB Chairman, has lauded the players for their valuable contributions to the team and expressed his optimism regarding their ongoing dedication to Afghanistan’s cricket achievements. He underscored the significance of adhering to ACB regulations as a means to uphold the reputation of Afghan cricket and the organization.
“The players have undoubtedly contributed to the team’s success and have represented the nation to the best of their values. We really hope they avoid making similar inconveniences in the future as we expect them to represent the country in the best of manners,” he said.
“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 prioritize the prestige of the Afghanistan Cricket and the organization,” he added.
In December, Mujeeb Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and Naveen Ul Haq requested to be released from their central contracts, prompting the ACB to delay their 2024 contracts and withhold NOCs for two years. As a consequence, Mujeeb Rahman had to forfeit his contract with the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL. However, he was subsequently included in the Afghanistan squad for the three T20Is in India.