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Usman Khan Faces Five-Year Ban from ECB Amidst Plans to Represent Pakistan

The cricketing world was taken aback when the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) declared a five-year ban on right-handed batter Usman Khan. This decision bars him from participating in any tournaments hosted or sanctioned by the ECB.

Usman Khan, who recently showcased his skills in the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a foreign player, had expressed his desire to represent Pakistan. His performance in the PSL was remarkable, becoming the first batter to score two centuries in a single edition. This led to an invitation to a fitness camp in Kakul, Abbottabad, as part of his preparation to represent Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup.

However, the ECB stated that Usman Khan had breached his obligations to the board. A thorough investigation revealed that Usman had misrepresented his decision to play for the UAE team. He had utilized the opportunities and development provided by the ECB to explore other prospects, indicating his lack of interest in continuing to play for the ECB or fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Earlier this year, Usman participated in the ECB-sanctioned International League T20 Season 2 as a local player in the UAE category. The ECB had also entered into an employment contract with Usman for a year to provide him with security and enable him to fulfill his eligibility criteria to represent UAE in international cricket.

The five-year ban implies that Usman will not be allowed to participate in ECB-sanctioned tournaments/leagues or local events organized under the aegis of councils/academies in UAE.

Currently, Usman Khan is in Kakul, participating in a fitness camp supervised by the Pakistan Army. The camp is part of the preparations for the Green Shirts’ upcoming series against New Zealand. It is anticipated that Usman will be called up for the series and will play as a middle-order batter. The Babar Azam-led unit is finalizing the team that will travel to the United States and the West Indies for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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