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3 June 2021
Hours after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs alleged it of bringing “politics” and “disrepute” to the game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has drawn a red line for the foreign players willing to play in the Kashmir Premier League.
The board has clearly stated that players who are choosing to play in the tournament will be barred from playing or working in the country and that they are keeping “national interest” in mind on the line of the Indian government.
The BCCI official asserted that the board has no problems with players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Notably, the KPL will be played in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, which the Indian government deems illegal occupation
“While asking the boards not to allow their players to take part in the Kashmir league, we have informed them that in case they do, they can’t be part of any cricketing activity in India. We have done this keeping national interest in mind,” a top BCCI official told The Sunday Express.
“We have no problems with those playing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but this is a league in PoK. We are toeing our government’s line.”
The issue of KPL has become another throne in the flesh of relations between the PCB and the BCCI which is already at an all-time low.