The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) urging the international cricket body to not recognise the controversial Kashmir Premier League (KPL)
The Kashmir Premier League is a domestic tournament being organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
As per a report in ESPN Cricinfo, the basis of BCCI’s complaint is centered around the status of Kashmir as a disputed territory. India and Pakistan have been involved in a long-standing conflict over Kashmir which has also led to wars between the two nations.
The political tensions between the two nations have also affected the cricketing ties between the arch-rivals.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series against each other since 2012-13. BCCI has asked the ICC if a league can be played in a disputed territory like Kashmir. The Kashmir Premier League will be a six-team tournament and scheduled to begin from August 06. All the matches will be played at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium in PoK.
Earlier, former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs had accused the BCCI of ‘threatening’ him and trying to prevent him from playing in the Kashmir Premier League. Following Gobbs’ allegations, PCB had expressed its displeasure over reports that BCCI had requested other boards to not send players in the KPL.