‘Not in our jurisdiction’: ICC on BCCI’s attempt to ensure Kashmir Premier League goes unrecognized – Sport


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) request not to recognize the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), explaining that non-international cricket events are outside its jurisdiction.

BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) exchanged words last week after it emerged Indian officials were trying to bar foreign players from participating in KPL 2021.

After the PCB said it would raise the issue with the ICC, the BCCI, according to ESPNcricinfo, wrote to the world governing body not to recognize the league.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the letter from the BCCI focused on “Kashmir’s status as a [a] disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such territories – and its central place in the long-standing dispute between the two countries.

When approached by Dawn.com Commenting on the request made by the BCCI in its letter, an ICC spokesperson replied: “Non-international cricket is not within our jurisdiction, so it is not something that we can be involved in.

Cricket authorities on both sides have been trading beards since former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused BCCI of trying to prevent him from participating in KPL and threatening to deny him entry into India s ‘he was participating.

“Completely unnecessary for the BCCI to put its political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and try to stop me [from] play in the KPL, “said the great Proteas.”[They are] also threatening me by telling me that they would not allow me to enter India for a job related to cricket. It’s ridiculous, ”he tweeted.

Reacting to the development, the PCB issued a statement, stating that it “will raise this issue at the appropriate ICC forum and also reserves the right to take any other action available to us under the ICC charter.”

The BCCI responded to allegations by Gibbs and the PCB, saying the Indian council was “within its rights” to do anything in the best interests of its cricket ecosystem.

It emerged later Monday that former England spinner Monty Panesar had withdrawn from KPL, saying BCCI had “advised” him that if he played in the event, the “consequences” of his decision could include not getting a visa for India in the future and not being allowed to work in the country.

The Kashmir Premier League T20 2021 is the first edition of the KPL. Of the six teams playing in the inaugural season, five are from Azad Kashmir while the sixth is from outside the region.

The league is the second T20 competition organized by the PCB after the Pakistan Super League and will take place from August 6 to 17 in Muzaffarabad.


Thelma J. Longworth

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