Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League (KPL), the very first edition of which will be played involving 5 teams representing cities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and 1 group representing ‘overseas’ Kashmiris, was announced in December final year.
The Board of Handle for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now drawn the line for these anticipated to be linked with KPL 2021. The Indian board has told all cricket boards about the globe that if their players are noticed participating in KPL, they would be banned from playing in leagues in India or obtaining any industrial connection with the BCCI.
“While asking the boards not to permit their players to take component in the Kashmir league, we have informed them that in case they do, they can not be component of any cricketing activity in India. We have carried out this maintaining national interest in thoughts,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying to The Indian Express.
“We have no issues with these playing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but this is a league in PoK. We are toeing our government’s line,” the official added.
BCCI’s response has come soon after former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused them of attempting to avert him from playing in the KPL. In his tweet, Gibbs criticised the BCCI for ‘threatening him’ and bringing a ‘political agenda with Pakistan into the equation’.
“Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and attempting to avert me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they will not permit me entry into India for any cricket connected operate. Ludicrous,” Gibbs tweeted.
Absolutely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and attempting to avert me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they will not permit me entry into India for any cricket connected operate. Ludicrous ????
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its displeasure on the challenge.
“The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to a number of ICC Members to quit their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, additional threatening they will not be permitted entry into India for cricket-connected operate,” the PCB mentioned in its statement.
“Such conduct from the BCCI is fully unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a hazardous precedent, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored.”