Former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has now participated in the controversial Kashmir Premier League, a T20 tournament organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and due to begin on August 6th. He will coach the Mirpur Royals team in the first edition of the KPL.
While the BCCI and the PCB continue to argue about the participation of foreign players in the tournament, Inzamam-ul-Haq believed that this league will bring several talented local players from Kashmir to the Pakistani cricket team.
He said that while talent was always present in Kashmir, the state did not have adequate cricket infrastructure to put these players in the spotlight. Now, with the KPL, added the legendary batsman, cricketers get a platform to showcase their talent and show it to the world.
“Many Kashmiri players are already under 19 playing cricket for Pakistan. There is no shortage of talent in this region’s players. The main problem is that so far they haven’t been given real opportunities and platforms.
“PCB has always tried to support them so far, but the latest move will give these guys good options and thereby give players more options. You will soon see Kashmiri youth playing for Pakistan, ”Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube video.
“In 2 to 3 years, I have a feeling that cashmere players will be playing in leagues around the world. I think after this year’s KPL is over, we could see a big change in the state of cricket in Kashmir and in the attitudes of the people there within a year, ”he added.
BCCI writes to ICC not to recognize the Kashmir Premier League
According to recent reports, the BCCI has written to the ICC not to recognize the KPL. The basis of the BCCI’s complaint is that the status of Kashmir is controversial – the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir will host the tournament – and whether or not games can be played in such areas.
However, there is nothing ICC can do about it. The approval for such national leagues is given by the full member country in which the tournament is being played, in its case Pakistan, and not the ICC, and the KPL has the approval of the PCB.
The six squads were selected in a draft a month ago and according to the organizers, the teams would be led by Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Shadab Khan.
Former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs accused BCCI of preventing overseas players from playing in the league. After the developments, Monty Panesar withdrew from the tournament. Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Tino Best and Tilkaratne Dilshan are other overseas players associated with the KPL.
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