BCCI shows stubbornness towards Herschelle Gibbs issue

Lahore, 1st August: The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India responded to the allegations made by former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs who alleged that the board prevented him from playing Kashmir Premier League.

According to details from Dawn News, Gibbs had accused BCCI Secretary Jay Shah of threatening to deny him entry into India if he participated in the upcoming KPL 2021.

BCCI on Saturday responded to allegations made by former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs that it was trying to prevent him from playing the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) 2021, saying that the Indian board was “well within its rights” to do anything in the best interest of its cricketing ecosystem.

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Gibbs’s Statement has exposed the RSS mentality of India and also cleared the fact that all sports are run by extremists. They try all means to suppress the Kashmiris and undermine all efforts of Kashimirs to improve and lead a peaceful life.

KPL 2021 is an excellent platform exhibiting the free and peaceful conditions in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and highlights how India is depriving Kashimirs of basic human rights in occupied Kashmir.

In reaction to the Indian board intervention, the PCB  has also stated that it would “raise this matter at the appropriate ICC forum and also reserves the right to take any further action that is available to us within the ICC charter.”

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A total twist to the tale, a BCCI official told Indian news agency ANI, “While one can neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the statement made by a former player who has figured in a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) investigation into match-fixing earlier, the PCB must understand that even if Gibb’s statement is assumed to be true, the BCCI would be well within their rights to take decisions concerning the cricketing ecosystem in India.”

“The fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought after for cricketing opportunities globally, should not be envied by the PCB.” Again a misleading point by the Indian official, he should understand PCB is not asking for any favor and neither requesting to include Pakistani players the point raised is why should any board influence players and impose their will on them.

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The BCCI official said the PCB was confused. Allowing or disallowing anyone from playing cricket in India was “purely an internal matter” and no different than the restriction on Pakistani-origin players from participating in the Indian Premier League.

On the PCB’s intent to take up the issue with the ICC, ANI quoted the official as saying: “They are welcome to raise the matter at the ICC and one can understand where this is coming from but the question that they need to ask themselves is whether it is on account of government interference in their working since the prime minister of Pakistan is officially their patron as per their own constitution. It is time to consider whether this issue also ought to be raised at the ICC.”

The Indian official rejected the PCB’s statement that the BCCI had “breached international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game” and called upon it to examine the ICC’s definition of “official cricket”.

It may be recalled that the Kashmir Premier League T20 for 2021 is the first edition of the KPL. Of the six teams playing in the inaugural season, five teams are from Azad Kashmir while the sixth one is from outside the region.

The league is the second T20 competition arranged by the PCB after the Pakistan Super League and is set to play from August 6-17 in Muzaffarabad.

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