Tomorrow is the Melbourne Derby in the Big Bash. But Mujeeb Ur Rahman will not play for Melbourne Renegades in that match. The Afghanistan off-spinner is not injured. But due to not wanting to play in the national team, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has threatened to not give him the no-objection letter, the Renegades have taken this decision.
In a statement today, the Renegades said, ‘Due to the change in the no-objection letter, he will not be available for this match.’
Mujib, Navin-ul-Haq and Fazal Haque Farooqui asked to remove their names from the new agreement of 2024. This is the reason why there is no difficulty in playing in various franchise leagues while performing the duties of the national team. But ACB did not take it well. All three cricketers have been threatened with no-objection to play in different leagues for two years. And the current non-objection papers with which they have signed agreements to play in different leagues have declared the no-objection papers null and void.
In a press release, the ACB said, ‘Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to postpone the signing of national team players Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Fazal Haque Farooqui and Naveen-ul-Haq until 2024. As they do not want to be on the annual contract of the national team, the board has decided not to give them clearance for the next two years.’
In its rationale for the decision, the ACB said, ‘Abandoning central contracts, favoring commercial leagues over national teams by giving priority to personal interests – these are against national interests. As they don’t want to stay in the contract, ACB has taken this decision as punishment.’
Navin and Farooqui returned to the country after such an announcement. Also playing in T20 series against United Arab Emirates.
But Mujeeb remained in Melbourne without joining the national team. His team Renegades were also saying that Mujib will play as long as there is no problem in getting him into the team. But that situation has also changed.