ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the “politicisation” of cricket by India and termed it an “unfortunate and regrettable” growth.
In an announcement on Twitter after the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) threatened overseas gamers for enjoying within the Kashmir Premier league, International Workplace Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated depriving younger Kashmiri gamers of the chance to share the dressing room with massive names in cricket is “unlucky and regrettable”.
“India’s politicisation of cricket cannot be condemned enough,” he added.
Federal Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry additionally slammed the Narendra Modi authorities on the transfer.
“This isn’t the first time Modi has put cricket on the line to achieve his nefarious aims. Pressuring Herschelle Gibbs not to participate in the KPL is a continuation of this old practice,” Fawad stated whereas retweeting the South African cricketer who had lashed out on the BCCI.
“We strongly condemn such measures and these will only benefit the Kashmir cause, not harm it,” the minister added.
The BCCI has threatened overseas gamers by means of their brokers, saying that in the event that they went to Kashmir, the doorways of Indian cricket, together with the IPL, can be closed for them.
Following the menace from the Indian cricket board, all overseas cricketers withdrew from the occasion which is ready to start on August 6.
The six overseas cricketers, who’ve excused themselves from the KPL, are Herschelle Gibbs, Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Owais Shah, Tenu Greatest and Monty Panesar.
Sources stated that the BCCI officers contacted the English and African cricket boards and threatened to ban their gamers from getting into India in the event that they participated within the KPL.
The English and African boards stopped their gamers from participating within the KPL till additional orders.
Taking inventory of the brand new state of affairs and contemplating the safety of the overseas gamers, the KPL administration apologised to the remaining overseas gamers.
Nevertheless, KPL President Arif Malik has stated that the match will go forward as scheduled, including that Pakistani cricketers will take part.