Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stated that its position is already loud and clear on the upcoming Kashmir Premier League (KPL) played in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (POK). The BCCI recently made it clear to stakeholders that it would participate in the aforementioned controversial league.
Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs allegedly said that the top Indian body threatened him regarding participation in the KPL. He tweeted a message backed by Shahid Afridi. Both accused the Indian board of directors of bringing a political agenda into a sport. Monty Panesar, who was also part of a franchise in the league, backed out citing that he does not want to interfere between the political issues of two nations.
A BCCI official said on the same matter that the board had already taken a clear position. He also said the issue was not up for debate because of the Indian government’s stance on POK.
“Now that our point has been made loud and clear, this matter should rest. It is out of the question. The BCCI has taken a position that is consistent not only with current governments but also with governments of the past. When it comes to POK, the BCCI’s position is clear because the government’s position is clear. So where is the debate?”
“And as I said, opinions are a dozen. A Herschelle Gibbs can have his own mind. So it should be on, but not the BCCI, right?“Asked the officer.
“No sports association has a position that contradicts that of its government” – BCCI
The officer went on to explain that Gibbs was free to do what he wanted. That will not change the attitude of the Indian board of directors, nor will it force anyone to stay away from Pakistan-related events such as the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“The Indian board of directors makes it unmistakably clear that it is taking a position on this issue that will not change. So where is the debate? If he (Gibbs) still wishes to continue playing, he is free to do so.” he said.
Following BCCI’s stance on the issue, PCB approached ICC to resolve the issue. However, they refused to interfere in the matter as it is not an international tournament and therefore it is outside of their jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the Indian board of directors also condemned the actions of the people who rigorously tried to incite the matter.
“No sports federation in the world will take a position that contradicts that of its government and that of the country. Give me an example and I’ll take it. The BCCI isn’t asking the cricket boards to refrain from participating in the Pakistan Super League, is it?“, The officer concluded.
The controversial KPL has already met with a lot of approval after the allegations of players. It is still open whether the players will continue and participate.