Batsman Safiqullah Safak banned for 6 years

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Afghanistan’s national cricket team wicketkeeper-batsman Safiqullah Safak has been banned from playing in any tournament for six years. He was banned for violating rules on financial irregularities.

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The ban will take effect immediately, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said. Safak will not be allowed to play in any national or international tournament for six years. According to the Afghanistan Cricket Board, he will not be allowed to participate in franchise cricket.

Safak has been accused of acting illegally while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League against Sylhet Thunders last year. He was also accused of violating financial rules when he played in the Afghan Premier League with Nangarhar Leopard in 2018. He has been charged with four counts of financial irregularities.

A member of the committee set up by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to investigate financial irregularities has said that any player violating the rules will not be released. Safak, 30, has played 24 ODIs for Afghanistan.

He has also played in 46 Twenty20 tournaments for the national team. Afghanistan is a Test-recognized nation by the International Cricket Council (ICC). “It is a shame for the country that the senior players of the national team are involved in financial irregularities,” the official said.

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