Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released an official statement where it has condemned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for ‘interfering’ in its internal matters with regards to the Kashmir Premier League.
The PCB is looking to stage the Kashmir Premier League in what is the illegally occupied territory by the Pakistan Army.
Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibba, who is scheduled to feature in the tournament, took to his Twitter account on Saturday to condemn the BCCI for not allowing him to travel to India for cricket-related work due to his commitment to play in the controversial KPL.
”Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket-related work. Ludicrous ,” wrote Gibbs.
Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous 🙄
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021
“Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable”- PCB
Taking cognizance of the development, the PCB has now released an official statement where it had alleged that the BCCI is issuing warnings to ICC members to prevent their retired cricketers from participating in the Kashmir Premier League.
“The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to multiple ICC Members to stop their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, further threatening they will not be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work,” said the statement released by the PCB.
The PCB has alleged that BCCI’s conduct is against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and it is a dangerous precedent that cannot be tolerated.
The board further added that it will raise the matter at the ICC forum at an appropriate time.
“Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedence, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored. The PCB will raise this matter at the appropriate ICC forum and also reserves the right to take any further action that is available to us within the ICC charter,” the PCB said.