As per reports, Naveen-ul-Haq was hit with a 20-month ban from the ILT20 over a player contract breach

The pacer of the Afghanistan cricket team, Naveen-ul-Haq, has been banned by the International League T20 for 20 months due to a breach of contract. The right-arm bowler had represented the Sharjah Warriors in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2023.

After claiming 11 wickets in nine matches at an average of 24.36, Naveen was offered a retention notice by the franchise ahead of the second season, but the player refused to sign. The Sharjah Warriors approached the ILT20 in an attempt to resolve the issue.

The authorities of the competition tried to seek a solution by appointing an independent third-party mediator and initiating a mediation process between the player and the franchise, but it did not work out as hoped.

Ultimately, the three-member disciplinary committee of ILT20, comprising ILT20 chief executive officer David White, head of security and anti-corruption Col. Azam, and member of the Emirates Cricket Board Zayed Abbas, heard both parties separately. After examining the evidence and the statements provided by the player and the franchise, they concluded to place a 20-month ban on Naveen.

ILT20 CEO David White said in a press release that, “We do not take pride in making this announcement, but all parties are expected to comply with their contractual commitments and recognise that non-compliance can cause damage to the other party. Unfortunately, Naveen-ul-Haq failed to honour his contractual obligations with the Sharjah Warriors, and as such, the league had no option but to impose this 20-month ban on him."

He further added, “The disciplinary proceedings against Naveen were conducted in a transparent manner, and both parties involved were given opportunities to prepare and present their submissions.”


Dec 18, 2023 10:30 AM