Karachi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has categorically said to the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) that the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) is a domestic tournament of Pakistan, sanctioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
BCCI yesterday formally wrote to ICC not to recongnize inaugral KPL. President KPL Arif Malik said that ICC have turned down BCCI’s plea.
“ICC said to BCCI that KPL is an internal matter of the Pakistan Cricket. The whole world is making Fun of India after the ICC response,” he said.
ICC’s regulation regarding the approval of an event, clause 2.1.3, clearly states that each national cricket federation shall have the sole and exclusive right to sanction the staging of domestic matches within its territory and KPL is approved by the PCB.
Arif added that despite BCCI’s threats, the morale of organizing league is high and the franchises are also determined to participate in the league.
Arif revealed that in addition to foreign players, efforts are being made to stop commentators and production crews.
It must be noted here that KPL is all set to start from August 6 in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir featuring six teams. Former England players including Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, and Owais Shah
Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs have announced to play the league despite all pressure by Indians.