ACB imposes sanctions on Mujeeb, Naveen, Farooqi for seeking release from national contract

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The Afghanistan Cricket Board has sanctioned Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen Ul Haq for prioritizing their personal interests over playing for Afghanistan, delaying their 2024 annual central contracts, revoking any NOC they currently possess, and announcing no NOCs for the next two years, according to a board statement on Monday.

The trio asked for consent to play in franchise tournaments and be released from their annual central contracts starting January 1, 2024, prompting the disciplinary measures.

The board assigned a committee to investigate the matter and develop appropriate recommendations, aligning with the ACB’s core values and principles and emphasizing the necessity for players to prioritize the country’s interests above their personal ones.

Mujeeb was recently picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction for USD 241,000 and is currently in the BBL in Australia with Melbourne Renegades. Naveen is with Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, and Fazalhaq Farooqi, also retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, recently featured in the Abu Dhabi T10 competition. All three also featured for Afghanistan in their sixth-place ODI World Cup run.

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