ILT20 bans Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months due to breach of contract

The International League T20 has banned fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months for breaching his Player Agreement with Sharjah Warriors who had signed him for Season 1 of the tournament.

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ILT20 bans Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months due to breach of contract

The International League T20 (ILT20) has banned fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months. Image- ESPNcricinfo

ILT20 has banned Afghanistan's fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months. He has been accused of breaching the contract.

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Naveen-ul-Haq has represented Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup 2023. Image- NDTV Sports
Naveen-ul-Haq has represented Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup 2023. Image- NDTV Sports

The International League T20 has banned fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq for 20 months for breaching his Player Agreement with Sharjah Warriors who had signed him for Season 1 of the tournament. Naveen was offered another year's extension by the Warriors but refused to sign the retention notice for Season 2.

Sharjah Warriors approached the ILT20 to intervene in this dispute. The ILT20 first initiated a mediation process through an independent third-party mediator, however the mediation failed.

The ILT20's three-member Disciplinary Committee which includes the league's Chief Executive Officer David White, Head of Security and Anti-Corruption Col. Azam, and Member Emirates Cricket Board Zayed Abbas separately heard both the parties i.e. Naveen and Sharjah Warriors and examining the evidence before them conveyed its final verdict of a 20-month ban on Naveen-ul-Haq.

CEO DP World ILT20 David White said, "We do not take pride in making this announcement but all parties are expected to comply with their contractual commitments and recognize 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."

"The disciplinary proceedings against Naveen were conducted in a transparent manner and both parties involved were given opportunities to prepare and present their submissions." White added.

Naveen-ul-Haq has taken 11 wickets in 9 matches for Sharjah Warriors. His average has been 24.36. Naveen has also represented Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup 2023. This was his last international tournament in the 50-over format. After that, he has retired from this format to focus on his workload and T20 cricket.

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Naveen-ul-Haq will now play for Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2024.

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