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BCCI wants ICC to not recognise Kashmir Premier League

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Kashmir Premier League (KPL) dispute is going to be exacerbated. The news have emerged that Indian cricket board (BCCI) has approached the world cricket governing body (ICC) that it should not recognise the league which will begin at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium from August 6. 

On Saturday the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had lashed out at the BCCI for interfering in the internal affairs of the PCB.

According to reports the BCCI put pressure on some full members of the ICC that they should not allow their retired cricketers to become part of the KPL, a six-team event which is approved by the PCB. Some cricketers who were in line to be part of the league also were threatened of dire consequences if they dare to become part of the league.

The relations between Pakistan and India have been strained over the years on the Kashmir matter. And this issue has also hit badly the cricketing relations between Pakistan and India. Both nations although come face to face in the ICC events but there have been no bilateral series between the two for over a decade.

Former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs has also received a threatening message. “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 saying they would not allow me entry into India for any cricket related work,” Gibbs has tweeted.

Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best and Tillakaratne Dilshan are the others who are in line to feature in the KPL. 

KPL is purely a domestic event and is the jurisdiction of the PCB and the ICC has nothing to do with it. The six teams are being led by Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran  Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim.

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