According to an ACB statement, the trio recently told the board of their desire to be freed from annual central contracts from 1 January 2024, while also requesting approval to play in franchise leagues.
The Board of Directors statement added: “The insistence on not signing the basic contract for these players was due to their involvement in commercial leagues and putting their personal interests ahead of playing for Afghanistan, which is considered a national responsibility.” “By choosing to release them, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has decided to take disciplinary action against these players.”
The sanctions come after the board appointed a committee “to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the matter and make appropriate recommendations that best serve the interests of the Asian Central Bank.”
“The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s decision was taken with a focus on national priorities, in line with the core values and principles of the Asian Cricket Confederation,” the statement added. “It highlights the need for each player to uphold the principles of the AFC and prioritize the interests of the country above their own personal interests.”
Mujeeb was recently picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction for US$241,000. He is currently in the BBL in Australia with Melbourne Renegades. Naveen, who plays for Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League, and Fazlul Haq Faruqi, who has also been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, recently featured in the Abu Dhabi T10 competition. All three also featured for Afghanistan’s sixth-place finish in the ODI World Cup.