Punjab ruling raises questions ahead of ALV

Bertus de Jong 29/11/18


The KNCB’s Commissie van Beroep (appeals committee) ruled in favour of Punjab Rotterdam CC this week in their long-running dispute with the KNCB over questions of player eligibility. The ruling would appear to critically undermine the board’s current rules governing the participation of overseas players in the Dutch domestic competition.

The dispute originially arose early last season, precipitated by Punjab’s selection of Belgian nationals Mamoon Latif and Ali Raza, who were deemed overseas players under Article 12 of the Competitiereglement, to represent the club’s first XI in the Topklasse.

Ali Raza
Ali Raza in action for Punjab

The KNCB initially imposed a number of sanctions on the club, including awarding their match against ACC to the Amsterdam club by default, imposing a 6-point penalty as well as threatening fines. Punjab contended that as EU nationals Latif and Raza were entitled to equal treatment under EU law, and that they could not be counted toward the quota of 2 overseas players in the side, and continued to field the pair throughout the season.

The matter was first referred to the Tuchtcommissie, who in June nominally ruled in the KNCB’s favour, but scrapped the board’s competitive penalties and imposed a fine of a mere € 126 on Punjab -the lightest possible penalty – hinting that the rules themselves might not accord with Dutch or European law.

The KNCB duly appealed the decision, but last week the Commissie van Beroep sided decisively with Punjab. The CvB ruled that Article 12 of the Competitiereglemen amounted to discrimination on the basis of nationality and was consequently unlawful. Crucially, they based their ruling not on EU law but on the Dutch Algemene wet gelijke behandeling (general equal treatmenet act) thus seeming to preclude not only discrimination against EU passport-holders but any direct restriction on the basis of nationality whatsoever.

The current two-player limit for overseas players in the Topklasse applies to any non-Netherlands passport-holder with the exception of those players who have participated in a domestic league in the Netherlands in three of the preceding four years and played a minimum of 8 matches in the immediately preceding season. Lifting that restriction for EU citizens might not have caused undue disruption given that the Dutch season naturally coincides with the domestic seasons of its European neighbours, and there are moreover comparatively few cricketers in the rest of continental Europe likely to have a significant impact at Topklasse level.

This week’s ruling, however, would seem to open the door to an unlimited number of players from further afield turning out in the Dutch competition, threatening to crowd out local talent, a prospect provoking dismay on social media.

The KNCB do not appear to have been caught entirely unawares by the ruling however, and were already planning to amend the rules for the coming season; “we’ll be looking at moving to a system more in line with the approach they take in Scotland and Ireland for 2019” KNCB secretary Robert Vermeulen told TKcricket earlier this year. The board is understood to have consulted with clubs regarding potential changes to the overseas player rules even before the ruling was published last week, and is expected to present its proposals at the KNCB’s Algemene Ledenvergadering (general members meeting) scheduled for the 15th of this month.

Scorecard | Punjab vs Quick | 26.08.18

Punjab I Vs Quick Haag I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Quick Haag I Win by 58 runs
Round 18
Toss won by Quick Haag I
Umpires HM Butt – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers N Mohammed – S van der Vlekken
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Quick Haag I 2, Punjab I 0
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 233/10 All Out (Overs 49.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JG Bista* c M Bajwa b Mubashar Hussain 1 4 0 0
SB Davey b AK Bamunusinghe 83 88 11 1
TJB Landheer c A Raza b S Tariq 1 10 0 0
GMC Mol c AK Bamunusinghe b R Faiz 41 56 5 1
GN Trappenburg lbw b R Faiz 11 25 1 1
S Ekelmans+ b S Tariq 8 31 0 0
D Vierling lbw b Mubashar Hussain 44 50 8 0
E Schiferli c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 3 9 0 0
LW Stokkers c Mubashar Hussain b M Latif 11 22 0 0
MB van Schelven not out 2 2 0 0
TC de Mooij run out 0 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb10 w15 nb3) 28
TOTAL 10 wickets for 233
FOW
1-7(JG Bista) 2-12(TJB Landheer) 3-132(GMC Mol) 4-154(SB Davey) 5-154(GN Trappenburg) 6-187(S Ekelmans) 7-191(E Schiferli) 8-230(D Vierling) 9-232(LW Stokkers) 10-233(TC de Mooij)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 41 3
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 43 2 1
JRR Farid 3 0 30 0 2 1
AK Bamunusinghe 10 2 33 1 2
R Faiz 10 2 45 2 3
M Latif 3.4 0 21 1 2 2
M Bajwa 3 0 10 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 175/10 All Out (Overs 34)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c LW Stokkers b SB Davey 0 1 0 0
AK Bamunusinghe c D Vierling b E Schiferli 16 32 2 1
Mudassar Hussain c S Ekelmans b JG Bista 8 30 1 0
Y Usman c GN Trappenburg b GMC Mol 27 19 3 2
A Raza+ c SB Davey b TC de Mooij 35 33 3 2
M Latif b E Schiferli 31 35 2 1
R Faiz c S Ekelmans b E Schiferli 19 9 3 1
JRR Farid run out 27 22 1 2
M Bajwa c SB Davey b TC de Mooij 5 11 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c JG Bista b MB van Schelven 1 8 0 0
S Tariq* not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w4 nb0) 5
TOTAL 10 wickets for 175
FOW
1-0(SJ Myburgh) 2-24(AK Bamunusinghe) 3-37(Mudassar Hussain) 4-60(Y Usman) 5-100(A Raza) 6-130(R Faiz) 7-143(M Latif) 8-159(M Bajwa) 9-160(Mubashar Hussain) 10-175(JRR Farid)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SB Davey 8 2 32 1 1
E Schiferli 7 2 22 3 1
JG Bista 5 0 28 1
GMC Mol 4 0 35 1 2
TC de Mooij 8 0 36 2
MB van Schelven 2 1 21 1

Scorecard | VOC vs Punjab | 19.08.18

VOC I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 19-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 108 runs
Round 17
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires RJ Akram – ML Hancock
Scorers F van Lent – N Mohammed
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Punjab I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 283/5 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP van Lent c A Raza b F Bajwa 25 39 4 0
JD Schoonheim c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 0 2 0 0
ZDA van Baren c F Bajwa b AK Bamunusinghe 47 70 4 0
MP O’Dowd c A Raza b F Bajwa 33 64 4 0
PM Seelaar* c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 62 52 4 5
SA Edwards+ not out 72 61 7 1
FJ Klaassen not out 26 12 1 2
PJ Fletcher dnb
BW Hanif dnb
UF Baker dnb
CL Rutgers dnb
extras (b5 lb4 w9 nb0) 18
TOTAL 5 wickets for 283
FOW
1-4(JD Schoonheim) 2-52(SP van Lent) 3-100(ZDA van Baren) 4-125(MP O’Dowd) 5-227(PM Seelaar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 80 1 2
Mubashar Hussain 9 0 69 1 2
F Bajwa 10 0 33 2
Asif Khan 5 0 41 0
AK Bamunusinghe 10 3 19 1 1
R Faiz 6 0 32 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 175/10 All Out (Overs 40.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c PM Seelaar b MP O’Dowd 59 53 9 1
AK Bamunusinghe c SA Edwards b UF Baker 16 44 3 0
Y Usman c UF Baker b MP O’Dowd 24 46 3 0
A Raza+ c PM Seelaar b MP O’Dowd 0 4 0 0
M Latif c sub b MP O’Dowd 2 8 0 0
F Bajwa lbw b MP O’Dowd 11 16 2 0
Asif Khan c PM Seelaar b JD Schoonheim 41 35 4 2
R Faiz b MP O’Dowd 0 1 0 0
Mubashar Hussain b JD Schoonheim 6 13 1 0
M Bajwa not out 8 17 1 0
S Tariq* c SA Edwards b JD Schoonheim 2 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w4 nb0) 6
TOTAL 10 wickets for 175
FOW
1-62(AK Bamunusinghe) 2-92(SJ Myburgh) 3-96(A Raza) 4-102(Y Usman) 5-112(M Latif) 6-120(F Bajwa) 7-120(R Faiz) 8-140(Mubashar Hussain) 9-169(Asif Khan) 10-175(S Tariq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 5 1 16 0 1
PJ Fletcher 3 0 19 0
BW Hanif 2 0 18 0
UF Baker 10 1 36 1
ZDA van Baren 5 0 19 0
MP O’Dowd 10 3 32 6 2
JD Schoonheim 5.2 1 33 3 1

Scorecard | Punjab vs Dosti | 12.08.18

Punjab I Vs Dosti United I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Punjab I Win by 2 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by Dosti United I
Umpires AND van den Dries – J Hilhorst
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Dosti United I 0, Punjab I 2
Dosti United I 1st Innings 266/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c AK Bamunusinghe b S Tariq 11 14 0 0
VAB Tewarie* c SJ Myburgh b AK Bamunusinghe 60 75 10 0
S Ghori run out M Bajwa 13 35 2 0
M Hafeez not out 102 98 9 4
A Davids c AK Bamunusinghe b R Faiz 0 4 0 0
M Hans lbw b AK Bamunusinghe 7 26 0 0
Vimal Tewarie b R Faiz 5 13 1 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c R Faiz b AK Bamunusinghe 10 12 1 0
W Masood c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 0 4 0 0
Arief Hoseinbaks not out 19 18 3 0
J Kumar dnb
extras (b13 lb4 w22 nb0) 39
TOTAL 8 wickets for 266
FOW
1-35(RI Ahmed) 2-76(S Ghori) 3-116(VAB Tewarie) 4-118(A Davids) 5-156(M Hans) 6-169(Vimal Tewarie) 7-194(Asief Hoseinbaks) 8-200(W Masood)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 39 2 2
Mubashar Hussain 8 0 55 0 9
Asif Khan 5 0 47 0 2
R Qadri 7 0 34 0
R Faiz 10 2 39 2 1
AK Bamunusinghe 10 0 35 3 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 270/8 (Overs 43.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c Arief Hoseinbaks b M Hans 1 2 0 0
AK Bamunusinghe lbw b A Davids 2 17 0 0
Y Usman lbw b M Hans 4 12 0 0
A Raza+ b Asief Hoseinbaks 21 16 5 0
R Qadri c S Ghori b Asief Hoseinbaks 19 26 4 0
M Latif c VAB Tewarie b Asief Hoseinbaks 100 73 14 5
Asif Khan st RI Ahmed b M Hafeez 76 80 8 5
R Faiz not out 28 30 5 1
M Bajwa b M Hafeez 0 1 0 0
Mubashar Hussain not out 0 4 0 0
S Tariq* dnb
extras (b11 lb4 w3 nb1) 19
TOTAL 8 wickets for 270
FOW
1-2(SJ Myburgh) 2-12(Y Usman) 3-16(AK Bamunusinghe) 4-52(A Raza) 5-61(R Qadri) 6-224(M Latif) 7-266(Asif Khan) 8-266(M Bajwa)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Hans 10 1 49 2 1
A Davids 3 2 3 1
W Masood 10 1 66 0
Asief Hoseinbaks 10 1 38 3 1
Arief Hoseinbaks 3 0 40 0 1
RI Ahmed 1 0 20 0
VAB Tewarie 2 0 22 0
M Hafeez 3 1 6 2
J Kumar 1.1 0 11 0

Scorecard | VRA vs Punjab | 05.08.18

VRA I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 05-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 76 runs
Round 15
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires RJ Akram – ML Hancock
Scorers K Holdsworth
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, Punjab I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 283/10 All Out (Overs 48.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ES Szwarczynski run out 1 6 0 0
DJ ter Braak c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 5 5 1 0
BN Cooper c AK Bamunusinghe b S Tariq 11 12 2 0
PW Borren c A Raza b R Qadri 153 126 14 1
E van den Burg* c M Latif b Asif Khan 9 27 1 0
MB Lees+ c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 34 31 4 1
LA Turmaine c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 6 10 1 0
QWM Gunning c Y Usman b Mubashar Hussain 7 7 1 0
MAK Raja run out 36 64 2 0
MG Dunlop run out 1 2 0 0
HG Mia not out 3 2 0 0
extras (b3 lb3 w11 nb0) 17
TOTAL 10 wickets for 283
FOW
1-6(DJ ter Braak) 2-7(ES Szwarczynski) 3-23(BN Cooper) 4-51(E van den Burg) 5-121(MB Lees) 6-135(LA Turmaine) 7-149(QWM Gunning) 8-275(PW Borren) 9-280(MAK Raja) 10-283(MG Dunlop)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 1 37 1 1
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 50 4 2
Asif Khan 6.4 0 42 1 1
AK Bamunusinghe 4 0 25 0 2
R Qadri 9 0 53 1 1
R Faiz 2 0 20 0 2
M Latif 2 0 18 0
M Bajwa 5 0 32 0 3
Punjab I 1st Innings 207/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh run out 27 29 5 0
AK Bamunusinghe c E van den Burg b LA Turmaine 21 48 3 0
Y Usman c MB Lees b MAK Raja 30 35 3 0
A Raza+ st MB Lees b DJ ter Braak 57 85 3 0
R Qadri c E van den Burg b PW Borren 5 16 0 0
M Latif c MB Lees b HG Mia 19 36 1 0
Asif Khan lbw b DJ ter Braak 0 6 0 0
R Faiz c QWM Gunning b MAK Raja 14 11 1 0
Mubashar Hussain c E van den Burg b DJ ter Braak 10 16 1 0
M Bajwa not out 1 12 0 0
S Tariq* not out 1 6 0 0
extras (b6 lb1 w14 nb1) 22
TOTAL 9 wickets for 207
FOW
1-39(SJ Myburgh) 2-60(AK Bamunusinghe) 3-109(Y Usman) 4-118(R Qadri) 5-172(M Latif) 6-177(Asif Khan) 7-186(A Raza) 8-194(R Faiz) 9-207(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 8 1 36 0 2 1
HG Mia 7 2 38 1 5
LA Turmaine 7 1 23 1 2
MG Dunlop 3 0 17 0
PW Borren 7 1 28 1 2
MAK Raja 10 0 41 2
DJ ter Braak 8 0 17 3 2

Scorecard | HCC vs Punjab | 22.07.18

HCC I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 22-Jul-2018, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 61 runs
Round 14
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires J Hilhorst – WPM van Liemt
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded HCC I 2, Punjab I 0
HCC I 1st Innings 166/10 All Out (Overs 49.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
R Ninan c M Bajwa b Mubashar Hussain 22 37 2 2
BHG Gorlee c R Qadri b Mubashar Hussain 0 4 0 0
AJ Staal* c A Raza b BI Vorster 13 30 1 0
BE Street b R Faiz 13 31 0 0
MBS Jonkman c A Raza b AK Bamunusinghe 10 33 0 0
HC Overdijk c A Raza b S Tariq 47 69 2 1
JZ-X van Kessel c A Raza b R Qadri 2 23 0 0
DL Walhain c Y Usman b R Qadri 1 2 0 0
AA Qasim c SJ Myburgh b Mubashar Hussain 42 63 2 1
LJF Lagas+ run out 1 1 0 0
RR Bijloos not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b1 lb3 w10 nb0) 14
TOTAL 10 wickets for 166
FOW
1-2(BHG Gorlee) 2-28(AJ Staal) 3-38(R Ninan) 4-67(MBS Jonkman) 5-67(BE Street) 6-81(JZ-X van Kessel) 7-83(DL Walhain) 8-150(AA Qasim) 9-157(LJF Lagas) 10-166(HC Overdijk)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 7.1 1 21 1
Mubashar Hussain 10 1 44 3 2
BI Vorster 10 0 32 1 1
AK Bamunusinghe 8 1 15 1 2
R Faiz 8 0 30 1 4
R Qadri 6 0 20 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 105/10 All Out (Overs 26.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c BHG Gorlee b AA Qasim 3 4 0 0
A Raza c BE Street b R Ninan 0 2 0 0
BI Vorster run out 0 1 0 0
R Qadri c HC Overdijk b AA Qasim 0 1 0 0
M Latif c MBS Jonkman b R Ninan 10 23 2 0
AK Bamunusinghe run out 0 10 0 0
Y Usman c LJF Lagas b BE Street 40 41 3 3
R Faiz c AJ Staal b HC Overdijk 17 18 0 2
M Bajwa+ not out 4 38 0 0
Mubashar Hussain run out 16 21 3 0
S Tariq* c DL Walhain b AA Qasim 2 2 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w9 nb2) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 105
FOW
1-3(A Raza) 2-3(SJ Myburgh) 3-4(R Qadri) 4-5(BI Vorster) 5-13(AK Bamunusinghe) 6-27(M Latif) 7-79(Y Usman) 8-79(R Faiz) 9-103(Mubashar Hussain) 10-105(S Tariq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Ninan 10 0 48 2 5
AA Qasim 4.2 0 21 3 3 1
HC Overdijk 6 1 22 1 1
BE Street 6 2 12 1 1

Scorecard | Punjab vs HBS | 15.07.18

Punjab I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 15-Jul-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 5 wkts
Round 13
Toss won by Punjab I
Umpires N Bathi – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers N Mohammed – MAP Wiegers
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Punjab I 0, HBS I 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 135/10 All Out (Overs 29.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c F Khan b J de Mey 41 36 6 2
A Raza c TP Visée b WT Coster 0 1 0 0
BI Vorster lbw b WT Coster 0 5 0 0
R Qadri c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 9 25 2 0
M Latif c TP Visée b F Khan 9 21 1 0
AK Bamunusinghe c TP Visée b F Khan 17 30 3 0
Y Usman c FJ Vink b WT Coster 43 35 4 3
R Faiz c W Barresi b F Khan 0 2 0 0
M Bajwa+ run out 1 7 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c J de Mey b WT Coster 4 17 1 0
S Tariq* not out 1 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w6 nb0) 10
TOTAL 10 wickets for 135
FOW
1-0(A Raza) 2-0(BI Vorster) 3-31(R Qadri) 4-62(SJ Myburgh) 5-82(M Latif) 6-86(AK Bamunusinghe) 7-86(R Faiz) 8-94(M Bajwa) 9-130(Y Usman) 10-135(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 7 1 27 1 1
WT Coster 5.5 2 28 4 1
F Khan 8 0 41 3 1
J de Mey 8 2 22 1 2
W Barresi 1 0 13 0 1
HBS I 1st Innings 141/5 (Overs 27.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée*+ c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 8 10 1 0
WT Coster c A Raza b R Qadri 23 37 3 1
SP Gomes c A Raza b BI Vorster 26 30 4 0
J Morgan c A Raza b BI Vorster 6 7 1 0
W Barresi not out 40 32 5 1
A Ahmed lbw b BI Vorster 9 14 2 0
D Coster not out 17 36 2 0
J de Mey dnb
FJ Vink dnb
BA Westdijk dnb
F Khan dnb
extras (b0 lb7 w4 nb1) 12
TOTAL 5 wickets for 141
FOW
1-9(TP Visée) 2-64(SP Gomes) 3-66(WT Coster) 4-76(J Morgan) 5-92(A Ahmed)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 6 2 22 0 1
Mubashar Hussain 5 1 21 1 1
R Qadri 4 0 34 1
BI Vorster 5 0 29 3
R Faiz 4 0 8 0
AK Bamunusinghe 3 0 13 0 2
A Raza .2 0 7 0 1