BCCI & PCB in huge conflict over controversial Kashmir Premier league
The PCB is organising a 2nd T20 league besides the PSL at Muzaffarabad, in the disputed Kashmir region and the league is named as Kashmir Premier league.
This league has led to a huge controversy and apparent straining of relations between the BCCI and the PCB.
The KPL is a six-team franchise-model league, PCB-approve, and to be played at the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in Pakistan-administered Kashmir from August 6. Squads were select in a draft last month and, according to the organisers, would be captained by Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Shadab Khan.
Though the league is in the name of Kashmir, it reportedly has only 5 players from that region. BCCI & PCB in huge conflict over controversial Kashmir Premier league.
The organisers have roped in a few retired internationals like Hershelle Gibbs of South Africa, Tino Best of West Indies , Monty Panesar of England (since withdrawan) , Phil Mustard of England and Tilakratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka.
As soon as it was revealed that KPL is going ahead. The BCCI sent messages to other boards asking them to prevent their players past or present from participating in the league. Since it is named as Kashmir Premier league and held in a disputed region of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
BCCI further made it clear that any player participating in the KPL will be deprive from playing any cricket or associated with any cricket related job in India.
When the South African board disclosed BCCI’s message to Hershelle Gibbs. He came out with a stinging tweet criticising the BCCI for mixing politics with sports. Gibbs’ tweet is as under.
The Kashmir issue is a long standing political issue between India and Pakistan going on for several decades since independence. Hence BCCI has every right to get offend. When a premier T20 league is held in Pakistan in the name of Kashmir.
In a latest development Mionty Panesar has withdrawn himself from the KPL stating. He does not want to be a part of a league malign in such controversy.
In another development BCCI has addressed to ICC asking them to interfere and stop PCB from organising such a league . However it is unlikely that ICC will interfere in the internal affairs of another board.
Pakistan has already got its own flagship premier league , the PSL.
It now remains to be seen how the whole issue shapes up from here.