Cricketers warned against participation in Kashmir league
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has warned former international cricketers about taking part in the inaugural Kashmir Premier League.
They have threatened that those who do take part will not be allowed into India in future to undertake any cricket-related work.
The KPL will include six teams from the Pakistan controlled part of Kashmir, and is due to start this Friday (August 6th). The six teams will be captained by both current and former Pakistani crickets – Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim and Fakhar Zaman.
Over the weekend, rumours of the BCCI’s threats emerged, with the Pakistan Cricket Board expressing their displeasure at their actions which they say is bringing the game into disrepute.
Now they intend to raise this at the highest levels with the ICC, saying that it sets a dangerous precedent and is against the spirit and ethos of the ICC Charter.
It has subsequently emerged that both the English and South African cricket boards had received emails from the BCCI warning former players against taking part.
Two who are set to defy the interdiction are Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa and Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka.
Gibbs has described the behaviour of the BCCI as ludicrous, and both are holding firm on the commitments they have made to their sides to play.
However, many Indians would applaud the BCCI for the decision they have taken, and are supportive of the stance they have taken.
However, anybody hoping for a rapprochement between India and Pakistan on the cricket field at least will be disappointed by the latest developments.
No Pakistan player has appeared in the IPL since its inaugural season in 2008, whilst Indian players are not allowed to take part in any foreign T20 league of any description, including the Pakistan Super League(PSL).
It is claimed this moves helps preserve the supremacy of the IPL, although in the case of players still active but who are no longer in contention to play for the national side, this may be considered restraint of trade in certain legal circles.