ISLAMABAD: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has turned down the request of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) of not recognising the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). The ICC has pointed out that KPL does not fall into its jurisdiction as it is not an international event and ‘do not drag ICC into this matter’.
The BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have exchanged words the past week after it emerged that Indian officials were trying to prevent overseas players from participating in KPL 2021.
Pakistan Cricket Board has made arrangements for the Kashmir Premier League T20 from August 6-17 in Muzaffarabad. The Kashmir Premier League T20 2021 is the first edition of the KPL. Of the six teams playing in the inaugural season, five teams are from Azad Kashmir while the sixth one is from outside the region. After the PCB said it would take up the matter with the ICC, the BCCI wrote to the BCCI requesting it to unrecognise the league.
The BCCI’s letter centered on “the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory — and whether matches can be played in such territories — and its central place in the long-running dispute between the two countries.”
A spokesman for the ICC said that non-international cricket is not our jurisdiction so it is not something we can be involved in. The cricketing authorities from both the sides have been trading barbs since former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused the BCCI of attempting to prevent him from participating in the KPL and threatening him with denying his entry in India if he participated.
“Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me from playing in the KPL,” the Proteas great said. “They are also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket-related work. Ludicrous,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, former England spinner Monty Panesar pulled himself out of the KPL, saying that the BCCI had advised him that if he played in the event, the consequences of his decision could include not being granted a visa to India in the future and not being allowed to work in the country.