BCCI warns who take part in POK league will be banning from all cricket activity in India

BCCI warns who take part will be banned from all cricket activity in India after participating in the POK league

BCCI will be banning all those players taking part in the upcoming Kashmir Premier League (KPL) staged in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The BCCI has a strong stance over the upcoming Kashmir Premier League (KPL), which is setting to start in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) this month. BCCI has reportedly warned cricket boards worldwide that those taking part in the league will be banning all sorts of cricketing activities by Indian cricket in India.

BCCI has informed boards that any participation in a controversial league will mean their commercial tie-ups with BCCI will end.

BCCI official said that decision has been taking while keeping national interest in mind, and the board has no issue with players playing in Pakistan Super League and IPL. Still, it had to stand when it came to the cricket league in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

"While asking boards not to allow their players to take part in Kashmir league, we have informed them that in any case, they do participate. They can't be part of any cricketing activities in India anymore.

The official added.

"We have no problems with those playing in PSL but this is a league in Pakistan occupied Kashmir."

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BCCI's response came after former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused the Indian board of preventing him from participating in the KPL. In a tweet, Gibbs criticized the BCCI for 'threatening him' and bringing a 'political agenda with Pakistan into the equation.'

Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous 🙄

— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021

After Gibbs' statement, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also released a statement criticizing BCCI for bringing the game into disrepute. One of the charged 2000 match-fixing scandals, Gibbs, has signed up to play for the Overseas Warriors franchise in KPL. While slamming BCCI, PCB also stated that it plans to take up the matter with the ICC.

However, BCCI has made it clear that any player or cricket board participating in KPL will prohibit all cricketing activity in India in the future. The PoK league has become a contention between the BCCI and PCB and might conflict between the two boards.

The inaugural edition of the KPL will be played from 6 to 16 August, with six teams taking part. Several former Pakistan cricketers, including Wasim Akram and Sahid Afridi, were part of the league's launch.

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