Naveen-ul-Haq banned by ILT20 for breaking Sharjah Warriors deal

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Naveen-ul-Haq has been suspended for 20 months by ILT20 due to his refusal to sign the retention notice for the second season of the UAE’s ILT20, scheduled for January-February next year. Consequently, he will play for Durban’s Super Giants in the South African SA20 league during 2024 and 2025, running almost concurrently with ILT20.

Earlier this year, Sharjah Warriors sent a retention notice to Naveen on the same terms and conditions. The ILT20 attempted to mediate the dispute with a neutral third party, but the settlement failed. The league’s disciplinary committee, consisting of David White (ILT20 CEO), Col. Azam (head of security and anti-corruption), and Zayed Abbas (Emirates Cricket Board member), heard both sides of the story and examined the evidence before making a decision.

The ILT20 expressed disappointment in having to impose a 20-month punishment on Naveen-ul-Haq, emphasizing the importance of contractual compliance to avoid harm to the other party. The disciplinary proceedings were conducted transparently, allowing both parties to prepare and present their submissions.

In the 2023 season, Naveen and Junaid Siddique were the top wicket-takers for Warriors, each securing 11 wickets. Despite their efforts, Warriors missed the playoffs, winning only three out of ten games.

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