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KPL 2021: Shahid Afridi lambastes BCCI for ‘mixing cricket and politics’

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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi. — AFP/File
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  • Shahid Afridi says “wonderful show” to be staged at KPL 2021.
  • Says “we won’t be deterred with such behaviour”.
  • KPL is a league for Kashmir, Pakistan, cricket followers, he provides.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Saturday lambasted the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) for trying to affect  the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).

The star cricketer, in a tweet, stated: “Really disappointing that BCCI is once again mixing cricket and politics!”

“KPL is a league for Kashmir, Pakistan and cricket fans around the world. We will put up a wonderful show and won’t be deterred with such behaviour,” he added.

Afridi’s assertion got here after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Overseas Workplace, and Federal Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry had additionally condemned the BCCI’s strikes.

The PCB expressed displeasure over reviews of a number of ICC members being referred to as and compelled to withdraw their retired cricketers from the KPL.

The PCB stated it believes the BCCI has as soon as once more breached worldwide norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s recreation by interfering within the inner affairs of the ICC members because the KPL has been authorized by the PCB.

“PCB considers the BCCI has introduced the sport into disrepute by issuing warnings to a number of ICC members to cease their retired cricketers from that includes within the Kashmir Premier League, additional threatening they won’t be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work.”

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said the country condemns the “politicisation” of cricket by India and termed it an “unfortunate and regrettable” development.

In a statement on Twitter after the BCCI threatened foreign players for choosing to play in KPL, Chaudhri said depriving young Kashmiri players of the opportunity to share the dressing room with big names in cricket is “unlucky and regrettable”.

“India’s politicisation of cricket cannot be condemned enough,” he added.

Federal minister Chaudhry, slamming the Narendra Modi authorities on the transfer, stated: “This is not the primary time Modi has put cricket on the road to realize his nefarious goals. Pressuring Herschelle Gibbs to not take part within the KPL is a continuation of this previous apply.”

“We strongly condemn such measures and these will only benefit the Kashmir cause, not harm it,” the minister added.

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