The Pakistan Cricket Board has slammed the BCCI for restricting & threatening foreign players from participating in the Kashmir Premier League 2021. It comes after former South Africa Cricketer Herschelle Gibbs revealed that BCCI had asked him to withdraw from the tournament.
“Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its displeasure over reports that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has called multiple ICC Members and forced them to withdraw their retired cricketers from the Kashmir Premier League. The PCB believes the BCCI has once again breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of the ICC Members as the KPL has been approved by the PCB,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.
On Saturday, former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif also revealed that the BCCI has warned other cricket boards from allowing their players to participate in the Kashmir Premier League 2021. If they allow the players to participate in the KPL 2021 then they will be banned from entering India for any cricket-related affairs. This means that the players will not be allowed to be associated with the IPL franchise or for commentary stints.
“The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to multiple ICC Members to stop their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, further threatening they will not be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work”, PCB stated in its Official 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.
“The PCB will raise this matter at the appropriate ICC forum and also reserves the right to take any further action that is available to us within the ICC charter”, PCB added in its statement.