BCCI writes letter to ICC not to acknowledge Kashmir Premier League, says report

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) urging that the contentious Kashmir Premier League (KPL) not be accepted .

The Kashmir Premier League is a domestic cricket league in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (Pok) organises by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, the BCCI’s protest is based on Kashmir’s status as a disputed region.

India and Pakistan have had a long-running dispute over Kashmir, which has resulted in wars between the two countries.

The arch-rivals’ cricketing ties have been harm by political tensions between the two countries.

Since 2012-13, India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series against one other.

The BCCI has asked the ICC if a league can be held in a disputed territory like Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Premier League will be a six-team competition that will kick off on August 6th.

The Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium in PoK will host all of the matches.

Herschelle Gibbs, a former South African cricketer, had previously accused the BCCI of threatening him and attempting to prevent him from participating in the Kashmir Premier League.

Following Gobbs’ charges, the PCB expressed its dissatisfaction with suggestions; that the BCCI had recommended that other boards refrain from sending players to the KPL.

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BCCI official responded to PCB’s remark

“While one can neither confirm or 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 assume 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.

While the BCCI has already written to the ICC; the PCB has indicated that the issue of the BCCI’s alleged involvement in their league will be raised with the international body.

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