India ‘threatening cricketers’ signed up for Kashmir event | Cricket Information

Former worldwide cricketers are being threatened and warned by the Indian cricket board in opposition to participating within the inaugural Kashmir Premier League (KPL) cricket event, organisers and gamers have stated.

The KPL is scheduled to start out from August 6 in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and will likely be contested by six groups captained by Pakistan’s present and former cricketers – Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim.

On Saturday, former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs tweeted that the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) warned him in opposition to participating within the league which has been sanctioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“Utterly pointless of the @BCCI to carry their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and making an attempt to stop me taking part in within the @kpl_20. Additionally threatening me saying they received’t permit me entry into India for any cricket associated work. Ludicrous,” Gibbs stated on Twitter.

The previous South African batsman confirmed the developments to Al Jazeera earlier than including that “the message from Mr Shah [BCCI secretary] was despatched to Graeme Smith [Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket] who handed it on to me”.

On Saturday, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif additionally alleged that the BCCI was warning cricket boards in opposition to permitting their gamers to participate within the event.

“The @BCCI warning cricket boards that if there former gamers took half in Kashmir Premier League, they received’t be allowed entry in India or allowed to work in Indian cricket at any degree or in any capability,” Latif stated.

The BCCI didn’t reply to Al Jazeera’s request for remark.

No Pakistan participant has performed within the Indian Premier League (IPL) since its inaugural season in 2008, whereas Indian gamers haven’t been allowed to participate in any overseas Twenty20 league, together with the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL).

Pakistan Cricket Board has expressed its displeasure over experiences that the Board of Management for Cricket in India has known as a number of ICC Members and compelled them to withdraw their retired cricketers from the Kashmir Premier League.

In an announcement on Saturday, the PCB stated “it considers that the BCCI has introduced the sport into disrepute by issuing warnings to a number of ICC Members to cease their retired cricketers from that includes within the Kashmir Premier League”.

“Such conduct from the BCCI is totally unacceptable, in opposition to the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and units a harmful priority, which may neither be tolerated nor ignored,” the assertion added. “The PCB will elevate this matter on the applicable ICC discussion board and in addition reserves the best to take any additional motion that’s out there to us inside the ICC constitution.”

‘It’s all actually very unusual’

Taimoor Khan, director of cricket operations for KPL, advised Al Jazeera that the league was conscious of the threats and warnings issued to gamers by way of their brokers.

“It has occurred, the proof has come out and it’s all actually very unusual,” Khan advised Al Jazeera. “There have been messages despatched to England’s cricketers too. We’ve been advised that the gamers have been warned they received’t be allowed to journey to India once more in the event that they participate within the KPL.”

In an earlier video message on Twitter, Khan termed the developments a tragic factor for cricket all around the world”.

“We’re monitoring the state of affairs and are in talks with authorities on methods to handle this. It’s a tragic state of affairs for the cricketers, particularly the youngsters in Kashmir who have been getting a possibility to play cricket with not solely the Pakistan stars but additionally sharing the dressing room with worldwide gamers and be taught from their expertise.”

An e mail from an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) licensed agent despatched to Khan, and seen by Al Jazeera, alleged {that a} BCCI official known as up the ECB and warned that, along with journey restrictions, the collaborating cricketers is not going to be “allowed to work in something Indian cricket associated”.

“The excellent news is that Gibbs and Tillakaratne Dilshan [former Sri Lankan cricketer] will likely be participating within the league,” Khan added.

“We’re extraordinarily grateful to them. They’re agency on their stance and fulfilling the dedication they made although the strain if huge on them from the BCCI.”

Since gaining independence in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. Either side declare the area in full however administer separate components of it.

In August 2019, India revoked a particular constitutional standing accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in a transfer Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated was aimed toward growing growth and bringing the territory into the nation’s administrative mainstream.

Pakistan opposed the transfer, accusing India of trying to soak up the territory with out bilateral decision of the continued dispute.

It has additionally accused India of trying to vary the demographics of the Muslim-majority territory via a brand new domicile legislation, which was handed by Modi’s authorities final 12 months.

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