Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif rubbished the rumours that claimed him of having the desire to invite senior Indian batter Virat Kohli to the Kashmir Premier League 2022.
Recently reports emerged that Latif was interested in sending a formal invitation to Kohli regarding the participation in the KPL 2022.
I did not comment on Virat Kohli: Rashid Latif
Latif, who was appointed as Director of Operations of the League earlier this month, said it was KPL president Arif Malik’s idea to invite Kohli and not him.
“I did not comment on Virat Kohli. That was done by my boss Arif Malik in a show yesterday that he is keen to invite Kohli for the tournament. Whether he comes or not, is up to him, but it was Malik’s initiative, his thinking; and I did not have anything to do with it,” Latif said on Waheed Khan’s YouTube channel.
It is up to Virat Kohli whether he wants to be a part of KPL 2022: Arif Malik
Earlier, Malik said that it will be Kohli’s call on their invitation but their message is to spread harmony amongst the two countries.
“It is up to Virat Kohli whether he wants to be a part of the second edition of Kashmir Premier League as a player or as a chief guest,” said the KPL president.
“Along with KPL, cricket fans will also get to see a fantasy league in which teams from Muzaffarabad and Srinagar will be seen playing virtually with each other. We want to bring people of both sides together so that we can spread the message of peace,” he added.
The Kashmir Premier League is a T20 format tournament accredited by the Pakistan Cricket Board along with a few local government bodies.
The first edition of the KPL was held in August last year with a six-team tournament. The Rawalakot Hawks are the champions of the first season after defeating the Muzaffarabad Tigers in the final.
Former South African player Herschelle Gibbs was the only foreign player to show up, although he didn’t play a single game for Overseas Warriors.