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Naveen-ul-Haq in SA20 after Afghanistan board eases restrictions

Naveen-ul-Haq has arrived in South Africa and will feature for Durban’s Super Giants in the SA20 as planned, after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) backtracked on their initial decision to deny three players No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) following a contractual dispute.

Last month, Naveen, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman punished for “putting their own interests ahead of playing for Afghanistan” when they told the ACB they didn’t want to sign central contracts for 2024 so they could get more opportunities in franchise leagues around the world.

Ineligible for NOCs

At first, the ACB told the players that they would not be able to get NOCs for two years. They also took away Mujeeb’s while he was playing in the BBL for the Melbourne Renegades. The punishments mostly lift after being look at again, though, and the players give “limited NOCs” and allow to sign central contracts.

In a press release, the board said, “ACB will strictly consider the issuance of the NOCs to the respected players while prioritizing the national duty and ACB’s interests.” They did not say what limits would be put in place. All of them are likely to give NOCs to play in the IPL.

Arrived in South Africa

Naveen-ul-Haq has arrived in South Africa and will be able to play for DSG, which is an affiliate of his IPL team, Lucknow Super Giants, against Pretoria Capitals on Thursday night. He will replace Richard Gleeson in their lineup. DSG has won their first three games and will also have Marcus Stoinis available since he took over for Nicholas Pooran.

Graeme Smith, who is in charge of the SA20, said, “We can see the teams pulling out all the stops and getting some world-class players for their teams.” It’s great that players of this level have joined the league.

Mujeeb and Farooqi have also been granted NOCs for the ILT20 and will arrive in the UAE on Thursday following Afghanistan’s third T20I against India. Mujeeb will play for the defending champions Gulf Giants, while Farooqi is due to represent MI Emirates.

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  1. Rudra

    January 19, 2024 at 8:47 am

    great to see him excitement times for Afghanistan

  2. Rajdeep

    January 19, 2024 at 8:51 am

    may he shine on the international stage

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