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Why is it difficult for these Afghan cricketers to play IPL this time

By Vipin - December 27, 2023 - Last updated on Dec 27, 2023 04:20 PM
Why is it difficult for these Afghan cricketers to play IPL this time

Afghanistan's famous cricketer Naveen Ul Haq is once again in the news.

Afghanistan Cricket Board has given a big blow to Naveen Ul Haq, who made headlines due to his argument with Virat Kohli during IPL. The Afghanistan Cricket Board has banned Naveen ul Haq, Mujeeb ur Rehman and Fazalhaq Farooqui from playing for any franchise.

In fact, these three cricketers had demanded to keep themselves away from the annual central contract, so that they can play in franchise cricket competitions like IPL. But taking strict action on this, Afghanistan Cricket Board has not only stopped the annual contracts of these three players, but has also refused to give them NOC (No Objection Certificate) in case of their separation from the central contract for the next two years. Have given.

This means that these three players will not be able to play in any foreign league at present. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has said in its statement that these three players have given priority to playing in the commercial league instead of accepting the central contract and they do not want to play for Afghanistan even though it is their national responsibility.

The board has also decided to take disciplinary action against these three players. The board had also constituted a committee to investigate the matter in depth. ACB had asked this committee to also tell how the interests of the cricket board should be given priority.

Central Contract

A member of this committee said, "These three players had formally asked the ACB to remove them from the central contract." In the recommendation made by this committee, it has been said that these players should not be given central contracts for one year from January 1, 2024. ACB can take a decision on this as per the need.

It has also been recommended that these three players should not be given NOC for the next two years. Accepting these recommendations, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has said that the main objective of the board is to give priority to playing on behalf of the national team. Also, all the players will have to accept this and put the national interest above their personal interest.

Naveen, Mujeeb and Farooqui


Naveen Ul Haq plays for Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, while Farooqui plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both the teams had decided to retain these two players. Whereas Kolkata Knight Riders had bought Mujeeb during the auction held recently. Due to this decision of Afghanistan Cricket Board, questions have been raised on the playing of these three in IPL.

If ACB does not give NOC to these three in time, then it will be difficult for them to play in IPL this time. These players play not only in IPL but also in many T-20 leagues of the world and this is a major source of their income.

Lucknow Super Giants


Naveen Ul Haq plays for Lucknow Super Giants in IPL. He has played 15 ODI and 27 T20 international matches for his country. Naveen has taken 22 wickets in ODI and 37 wickets in T-20.

Naveen made his debut in IPL only last year. Naveen has played eight matches so far in IPL and has taken 11 wickets. Mujeeb ur Rahman is the most experienced among these three players. Mujeeb has played one Test, 75 ODI and 43 T-20 matches for Afghanistan.

Part of Hyderabad team

He has taken 101 wickets for his country in ODIs, while he has 56 wickets in his account in T-20 international matches. He has also played important innings for his country in batting many times.

Mujeeb started playing IPL in the year 2018. At that time he used to play for Kings XI Punjab. In the auction held in the year 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for Rs 1.5 crore. Since then he is a part of the Hyderabad team. He has taken a total of 19 wickets in his IPL career.

Afghanistan national team

Fazal Haq Farooqui has also been an important part of the Afghanistan national team. Till now he has played 27 ODI and 24 T-20 matches. He has taken 38 wickets in ODI and 38 wickets in T-20 also.


He plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL. He started playing in IPL in the year 2022. In the year 2022, he was able to play only three matches and took two wickets. Whereas in 2023, he got a chance to play in four matches and he took four wickets.

Apart from IPL, these three players also play in T-20 leagues of many other countries. But now this has become the root of controversy.

Sledging allegations

During that time, in a conversation with BBC Pashto Service, Naveen had said, "I did not start this dispute during or after the game. He started it when we shook hands after the game was over. The referee of the game also At that time. The fines imposed make it clear who started all this."


According to him, "I don't usually do sledging. But even if I do, I do it while bowling because I am a bowler. But that day I didn't say a word to Kohli." However, during the ODI World Cup held in India this year, both the players met warmly and talked about forgetting the past.

Naveen Ul Haq got into a scuffle with Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamir during a match in the Lanka Premier League in 2020. After this argument, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was seen explaining to Naveen.

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