The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to the ICC, urging them to not recognize the upcoming Kashmir Premier League. For those of you who don’t know, Kashmir Premier League (KPL) is an upcoming domestic T20 tournament organized by Pakistan Cricket Board. The league is set to start from 6th August and will have six different teams participating.
The league will be played in disputed territory like Kashmir and the BCCI has filed a complaint because of that. As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the basis of BCCI’s complaint is centred around the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory. BCCI has asked the ICC if the league can be held in a disputed territory like Kashmir.
Earlier, former South African player, Herschelle Gibbs accused BCCI of threatening him to not participate in the league. The Pakistan Cricket Board has also accused the Indian Cricket Board of requesting other boards to not send the players to participate in the tournament.
The BCCI later also responded to the same, saying that they are in complete control of making decisions regarding the cricket ecosystem in India.
“While one can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the statement made by a former player who has figured in a CBI investigation into match-fixing earlier, the PCB must understand that even if Gibbs’ statement is assumed to be true, the BCCI would be well within their rights to take decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in India. The fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought after for cricketing opportunities globally, should not be envied by the PCB,” a BCCI official told ANI.