The special committee of the Afghanistan Cricket Board has recommended to the board that Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Neveen ul Haq not be granted No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the next two years after announcing their intention to be released from their annual central contracts.
While Fazalhaq and Naveen are anticipated to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants, respectively, in the 2024 IPL, Mujeeb was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders. On the advice of a special committee, the ACB also decided to postpone the three players’ 2024 annual central contracts. This decision was made after it was discovered that the players had put their interests before representing Afghanistan in commercial leagues.
“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,” a committee member was quoted as saying in an ACB official statement on Monday.
The top management of the ACB received the following recommendations from the committee:
- Not Awarding Central Contracts: The three players will be ineligible for the central contract for a full year beginning on January 1, 2024. In this instance, ACB will evaluate the situation and determine whether or not to attend events as needed.
- Delay in Issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs): These players are deemed ineligible to receive NOCs for two years. All presently issued NOCs will be immediately revoked.
- Openly convey the ACB’s position to the Afghanistan public, member countries/cricket boards, the ICC, the ACC, and the cricketing community.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board makes decisions consistent with the organization’s basic beliefs and ideals while keeping an eye on national issues. It emphasizes how important it is for each participant to uphold the ACB’s values and put the interests of the nation ahead of their own.