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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has turned down the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) plea to not recognize the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), saying that non-international cricket competitions do not fall under its authority.
The BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have exchanged words the previous week after it revealed that Indian authorities were trying to prevent international players from competing in KPL 2021.
After the PCB indicated it will raise the matter with the ICC, the BCCI, according to ESPNcricinfo, wrote to the world governing body to unrecognise the league.
As to ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI’s letter had concentrated on “the status of Kashmir as [a] disputed territory — and whether matches may be played in such regions — and its key role in the long-running disagreement between the two nations.”
The cricketing officials from both the sides have been trading barbs since former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused the BCCI of seeking to prevent him from participating in the KPL and threatening him with banning him admission in India if he played.
“Completely needless of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the mix and trying to prohibit me [from] playing in the KPL,” the Proteas great stated. “[They are] also threatening me stating they won’t allow me access into India for any cricket-related job. Ludicrous,” he tweeted.
Reacting to the news, the PCB had released a statement, stating it will “raise this concern at the relevant ICC forum and also retains the right to take any further action that is available to us within the ICC charter”.
The BCCI reacted to Gibbs’ claims and the PCB, stating that the Indian board was “well within its rights” to do whatever in the best interest of its cricketing environment.
It soon became apparent on Monday that former England spinner Monty Panesar had drawn out of the KPL, saying that the BCCI had “advised” him that if he played in the tournament, the “consequences” of his decision could include not being given a visa to India in the years ahead and not being allowed to work in the country.
The Kashmir Premier League T20 2021 is the inaugural edition of the KPL. Of the six teams competing in the inaugural season, five teams are from Azad Kashmir while the sixth one is from outside the area.
The league is the second T20 competition organised by the PCB after the Pakistan Super League and is slated to play from August 6-17 in Muzaffarabad