File photo of Naveen-ul-Haq.© BCCI/IPL
Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq was on Monday handed a 20-month ban from participating in the International League T20 for breaching his playing contract with Sharjah Warriors. Naveen had signed up for the Warriors for the inaugural season of the tournament. He was offered another one-year extension but refused to sign the retention notice for Season 2. Sharjah Warriors approached the ILT20 to intervene in this dispute. 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 league chief executive David White, head of security and anti-corruption Colonel Azam and Emirates Cricket Board member Zayed Abbas, separately heard both sides and examined the evidence before handing down their final verdict of a 20-month ban against Naveen.
“We take no pride in making this announcement, but all parties are expected to comply with their contractual obligations and recognize that non-compliance may cause harm to the other party,” CEO DP World ILT20 David White said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, Naveen-ul-Haq failed to honor his contractual obligations with 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 the opportunity to prepare and present their submissions.”
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