The International Cricket Council has responded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the Indian board urges the global governing body to not recognize the controversial Kashmir Premier League.
An ICC spokesperson, while talking to Pakistan’s Geo TV, said that the Kashmir Premier League does not come under the jurisdiction of the governing body as it is not an international tournament.
According to the ICC rules, each full member nation is well within its rights to stage a domestic competition on its own and the International Cricket Council can only intervene if the tournament is to be held in an associate country.
“The tournament is not under ICC’s jurisdiction as it is not an international cricket tournament.”
”The basis of the BCCI’s complaint seems to centre around the status of Kashmir as disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such territories – and its central place in the long-running dispute between the two countries. The status of Kashmir has been the cause of several wars between India and Pakistan from the moment India gained independence and Pakistan was created in 1947. Both countries control parts of the region but govern it separately. Political and diplomatic ties between the two countries have fluctuated over the years, and are currently going through a prolonged low,” ESPN Cricinfo stated in its report
Earlier, the BCCI had objected to the staging of the tournament as it taking place in the disputed region of Kashmir which is illegally occupied by the Pakistan army.
A number of former cricketers like Herschelle Gibbs, Tillekerate Dilshan are due to take part in the competition which will get underway on August o5.
Gibbs, a few days ago, had taken to Twitter where he alleged that the BCCI is threatening him over his participation in the KPL and is not allowing him to enter India.
The PCB then released an official statement alleging its Indian counterparts of threatening member boards.