The Kashmir Premier League, held in the first week of August in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, has now become a point of contention between Pakistan and India, and the Pakistan Foreign Office has now issued a statement condemning the Pakistan Cricket Board. ۔
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement that had expressed displeasure over reports that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited several countries to send their retired cricketers to the Kashmir Premier League. Forced not to participate.
The statement further said that the PCB believes that the BCCI while issuing warnings to several members of the ICC, has defamed the game by barring its retired cricketers from participating in the Kashmir Premier League. I have further threatened that he will not be allowed to enter India for cricket-related work.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry said that Pakistan strongly condemns India’s attempt to give political color to cricket and it is unfortunate that young Kashmiris are deprived of the opportunity to share the dressing room with cricket big names. ۔ ‘
There has been no series between the Pakistan and India cricket teams since the T20 and ODI series in 2012/13 and both the boards have been making decisions on cricket in accordance with government policies.
This raises the question of how the recent controversy started, what the Kashmir Premier League is, and which players are involved in it.
How did this controversy start?
In fact, on Friday, former Pakistan wicket-keeper Rashid Latif claimed in a tweet that the BCCI was not only contacting the boards of different countries but also barring some players from participating in the Kashmir Premier League. He is also threatening to stop them from entering and working in India in the future.
The next day, former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, who is part of the Overseas Warriors team in the Kashmir Premier League, confirmed in a tweet that the BCCI had set its own political agenda with Pakistan. Intervening to stop me from playing in the KPL is a very unnecessary act.
He said that he is being threatened that I will not be allowed to enter India for any work related to cricket and That is ridiculous. ”
“Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs are ready to take part in the league and will arrive in Pakistan on August 4,” Kashmir Premier League president Arif Malik told a press conference on Saturday.
Since Herschelle Gibbs’ tweet, not only the Kashmir Premier League and Herschelle Gibbs have been trending in Pakistan, but also the BCCI has been criticized by former cricketers and politicians.
Before we talk about this discussion on social media later, let us know what Kashmir Premier League is and which players are involved in it.
What is Kashmir Premier League and how did a private league get approval from PCB?
The Kashmir Premier League is a T20 league consisting of six franchise teams run by businessmen but has been given conditional approval by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The league includes six foreign players who have now quit cricket, including Monte Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Herschelle Gibbs, according to the tournament administration.
Most of the league’s franchises are named after different districts in the region, including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Kotli, Rawalpindi, and an overseas team.
Concerns were also raised by the franchise owners of the Pakistan Super League, a league already played in Pakistan, about the approval of the league, but at the time the CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board had assured that Pakistan Super The importance of the league will not be diminished.
When asked why the league was sanctioned in the presence of Pakistan Super League and National T20 Cup, PCB spokesperson Sami Burney said, “PSL is the most important tournament of the PCB. The National T20 Cup is a domestic event while the Kashmir Premier League is a private tournament.
Asked if other private companies would be allowed to hold such tournaments in the future, he said, “I can’t say anything about the future but for now we have PSL franchises. The owners have been told that the PSL will be our most important tournament.
He also said that players retiring only several years ago are being included in the tournament and central contract players will not be part of the league as they are currently in the West Indies followed by the Afghanistan-England series. There are also for which the workload of the players has to be seen.
Earlier, the PCB had said in a statement that “the BCCI has once again not only interfered in the internal affairs of the ICC members but also damaged the spirit of the game by the behavior of the BCCI.” Because the PCB has approved the Kashmir Premier League.
The PCB will take up the matter at the appropriate ICC forum and reserves the right to take further action in accordance with the ICC Charter.