The one from Pakistan Kashmir Premier League (KPL)the first edition of which will be played between five teams representing cities in Kashmir (PoK) and one team representing ‘overseas’ Kashmiris, was announced in December last year.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now drawn the line for those who are expected to be associated with KPL 2021. The Indian council has told all cricket boards around the world that if they see players participating in KPL, they are banned from playing in India or having commercial advertisements. related to the BCCI.
“While we asked the boards not to allow their players to take part in the Kashmir League, we told them that if they did, they could not be part of cricket activities in India. We did it with a view to national interests, “he said. A BCCI official was told by The Indian Express.
‘We have no problems with those who play the Pakistan Super League (PSL), but it’s a league in PoK. We are crossing the line of our government, “ added the official.
BCCI’s reaction comes after former cricketer in South Africa Herschelle Gibbs accused them of trying to stop him from playing in the KPL. In his tweet, Gibbs criticized the BCCI for ‘threatening’ him and bringing a ‘political agenda with Pakistan in comparison’.
‘Totally unnecessary of the @BCCI to compare their political agenda with Pakistan and try to prevent me from playing in the @ kpl_20. Also threatens me by saying that they will not give me access to India for any cricket related job. Ridiculous, “ Gibbs tweeted.
Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to compare their political agenda with Pakistan and try to stop me in the @ kpl_20 . Also threatens me by saying that they will not give me access to India for any cricket related job. Ridiculous 🙄
– Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) 31 July 2021
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed his displeasure over the issue.
“The PCB believes that the BCCI has dishonored the game by issuing warnings to several ICC members to prevent their retired cricketers from performing in the Kashmir Premier League, and further threatens that they will not gain access to India. for cricket-related work, “ said the PCB in its statement.
“Such actions by the BCCI are completely unacceptable, against the pretext of the Spirit of Cricket, and set a dangerous precedent that cannot be tolerated or ignored.”