BCCI pushes ICC to not recognise Kashmir Premier League, ICC responds

The BCCI has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) requesting that the KPL, Pakistan’s local T20 event, not be recognised. The KPL is set to begin on August 6.

The BCCI’s criticism appears to be based on Kashmir’s position as disputed territory – and whether matches can be played in such areas – as well as its crucial role in the two countries’ long-running disagreement. Since India’s independence and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the status of Kashmir has been the source of multiple battles between the two countries. Both countries have jurisdiction over parts of the territory, although they regulate it in their own ways. The two countries’ political and diplomatic ties have fluctuated over the years and are currently at an all-time low.

The BCCI is concerned about the fact that foreign players have signed up for the league, claiming that international players make the tournament more than simply a domestic event, giving it international validity. Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Gibbs are among the retiring foreign players on the squad. The BCCI has made it clear in discussions with numerous boards that these players will be regarded as rebels and will be handled as participants in any unrecognised league.

The KPL is a PCB-approved six-team franchise-model competition that will begin on August 6 at the Muzaffarabad cricket venue in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and Shadab Khan were chosen as captains in a draught last month, according to the organisers.

The Kashmir Premier League, according to an ICC spokeswoman, does not fall under the governing body’s authority because it is not an international tournament.

The International Cricket Council can only intervene if the tournament is to be held in an associate country, according to 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.