BCCI Threatens Foreign Players With Ban For Participating In Kashmir Premier League
Former Proteas cricketer Herschelle Gibbs slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for threatening him over his participation in Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
He took to Twitter and wrote, ” Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the KPL. Also threatening me by saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”
Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous 🙄
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021
Note that, Foreign players have withdrawn from the Kashmir Premier League due to threats from the Indian Cricket Board.
However, former Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced to play in the league.
According to informed sources, the foreign players have withdrawn from the league after serious threats from the Indian board, even though they had earlier announced to play in the league unconditionally.
Sources said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has threatened the cricketers who want to play in the Kashmir Premier League that if they participate in the league, the doors of cricket in the Indian Premier League and India will be closed and now the league is being organized by Pakistani players.
On the other hand, despite threats from Indian broadcasters, former Sri Lankan cricket captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced to play in the Kashmir Premier League and represent the Muzaffarabad Tigers.
Confirming the development, Muzaffarabad Tigers Chairman Arshad Khan Tanoli said that Tillakaratne had assured Dilshan of providing all possible facilities and security.
“I have spoken to Tillakaratne Dilshan, he is eager to participate in the league and we appreciate his spirit,” he said.
Welcoming the former Sri Lankan captain on behalf of Pakistan and the Kashmiri people, he said the rest of the international players should follow Dilshan.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Premier League President Arif Malik in his statement said that the availability of foreign players was learned through the news on TV.
He said that Tillakaratne Dilshan is still interested in playing which he is happy with and is talking to the Foreign Ministry about the Indian threats to the players, trying to get foreign players to play as per the plan.
Arif Malik said that negative news was being spread on Indian media about Kashmir Premier League. We said from day one that we have no political agenda but maybe 5 Kashmiri players participating in the league are a problem for them.
He said that India does not want Kashmiri players to share a dressing room with international players but we want to show peaceful Kashmir to the world through Kashmir Premier League.
The President of the Premier League said that the matches of the League will be held as per the schedule and we will hold the Kashmir Premier League with more enthusiasm.
It may be recalled that famous Pakistani international cricketers, as well as foreign players, had also announced their participation in the Kashmir Premier League.
Among these foreign players, Herschelle Gibbs, Owais Shah, Monty Panesar, Tillakaratne Dilshan and others had also confirmed their participation in the league after which they were included in the drafting process.
The Kashmir Premier League will be played from May 16 to 27 in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir.
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