Even before the start of the Kashmir Premier League, it has already created a lot of controversies as it is slated to be played in the disputed region of POK. On Tuesday former England spinner Monty Panesar has opened up about his decision to opt-out of the Kashmir Premier League 2021 which is backed by PCB.
Monty Panesar’s clarification came after Pakistan fans started criticizing the former cricketer for opting out of the league due to pressure created by the BCCI. Some fans even abused Panesar for opting out of the league. But Monty Panesar made it clear that it was his own decision to opt-out of the league & there was no pressure on him.
“I haven’t been blackmailed by anyone. I have been given the advice I understand the consequences & it’s my decision. So pipe down”, tweeted Panesar.
“I have decided not to participate in the KPL 2021 because of the Political tension prevailing between India & Pakistan over Kashmir issues. I don’t want to be in the middle of this, it would make me feel uncomfortable. #KPL2021”, tweeted Panesar. One of the Pakistan’s fans took to twitter to say, “@bcci blackmailed @MontyPanesar successfully”.
“By not participating you are actually accepting the BCCI narrative of politicizing the game only because it is a rich cricket board & they thought they will do whatever they want to do”, wrote another fan.
Replying to one of the Pakistan Cricket fans, Panesar wrote, “I am sorry I can only follow the advice given by @ECB_cricket @PCA. So I am staying home buddy”.
Earlier the former Protease batsman Herschelle Gibbs criticized BCCI for allegedly stopping him to play in the Kashmir Premier League. Even the PCB slammed the BCCI for restricting & threatening foreign players from participating in the Kashmir Premier League 2021. Replying to Gibbs & PCB’s allegations BCCI said that the Indian Cricket Board is well within their rights to takes decisions with respect to the cricketing ecosystem in the country.
This response of BCCI came on the same day when former Protease batsman & PCB slammed BCCI for threatening & stopping players from participating in the KPL 2021.
“While one can neither confirm nor 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 assumed 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.
“PCB is coming across as confused. Just the way the decision to not allow players of Pakistani origin to participate in the IPL cannot be construed as interfering in the internal affairs of an ICC member, the decision, if any, to allow or disallow anyone from participating in any manner with cricket within India is purely an internal matter of the BCCI”, the Official added.
Meanwhile, the BCCI on Monday granted permission to the IPL franchises to leave for the UAE after August 10. The remainder of the IPL 2021 will start in the UAE from September 19 with the final taking place on October 15. The BCCI is also hosting the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman & the UAE from October 17 to November.