KARACHI: England players have withdrawn from Kashmir Premier League (KPL) due to Indian pressure, sources told ARY News.
Four players including Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, and Owais Shah have withdrawn from KPL due to Indian pressure.
According to the sources, India threatened the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to suspend their players from playing in their country if they send ex-players to Pakistan for playing KPL. Following the threats, ECB stopped its players from participating in KPL.
On the other hand, KPL management took notice of this matter and decided to not include any foreign player. South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan were told that KPL will now base on just local players.
But, Dilshan decided to play despite all odds and will represent Muzaffarabad Tigers in KPL, the owner of the franchise Arshad Khan Tanoli confirmed.
KPL have opened up a list of local players once again and they will replace all foreigners. KPL is scheduled from August 6 to 16 in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir.