ICC Rejects BCCI Appeal Against KPL
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) plea against the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
As per media reports, following BCCI request not recognise KPL, the ICC has made it clear that it has “no jurisdiction” over the KPL since its non-international cricket tournament.
“The tournament is not under ICC’s jurisdiction as it is not an international cricket tournament” an ICC spokesperson said.
“Each national federation shall have the sole and exclusive right to sanction the staging of domestic matches within its territory. The ICC can only intervene if matches are to be held in the territory of an associate member’s territory,” states clause 2.1.3 of the ICC regulation for the sanctioning of an event.
BCCI Pressurising Foreign Cricketers:
Earlier, reports emerged that the BCCI is asking cricket boards not to allow its players to participate in KPL. These reports were confirmed by former South African star, Herschelle Gibbs.
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
English Cricketer, Monty Panesar, pulled out of the event following threats from BCCI.
I have decided not to participate in the KPL because of the political tensions between India and Pakistan over kashmir issues. I don't want to be in the middle of this , it would make me feel uncomfortable. #KPL2021 #Kashmir #india #Cricket #Pakistan #ENGvIND #TheHundred
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) August 1, 2021
Furthermore, he also said that Indian cricket board has warned various cricket boards that its players won’t be allowed to enter India if they travel to Kashmir for the KPL.
Monty Panesar says that he fears grave consequences if he participates in KPL as India has warned cricket boards that their player may not get entry into India, as well as work if they participate in KPL.
— Kashmir Premier League (Official) (@kpl_20) August 2, 2021
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has condemned the actions of BCCI regarding the KPL in a statement.
“Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedence, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored,” PCB had said.
The Kashmir Premier League will commence from August 6th.