|Herschelle Gibbs says trying to stop me from playing in KPL is unjustified – File Photo: Karachi Kings|
Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has accused the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) of “barring him” from participating in the inaugural Kashmir Premier League (KPL) and its political agenda with Pakistan.
Herschelle Gibbs, who is part of KPL’s franchise Overseas Warriors, alleged in a tweet that the BCCI had threatened him not to enter India if he participated in the Kashmir Premier League. Will be allowed to happen.
“The BCCI is unnecessarily interfering with its political agenda with Pakistan in this matter and trying to stop me from playing in the KPL is unwarranted,” he said.
The former South African batsman added: “The BCCI is threatening me that it will not allow me to enter India on any cricket issue. It is ridiculous.”
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
Herschelle Gibbs later told the Sports Worm website that the person who threatened her was BCCI secretary J Shah.
“Jay Shah sent me this message through Graeme Smith,” he said.
A day before Herschelle Gibbs’ allegations, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif had made a similar statement.
Rashid Latif had said in a tweet that the BCCI had warned the cricket boards that if their former cricketers participated in the Kashmir Premier League, they would not allow them to enter India nor would they. In Indian cricket, you will be allowed to work at any level or position.
The @BCCI warning cricket boards that if there former players took part in Kashmir Premier League, they won’t be allowed entry in India or allowed to work in Indian cricket at any level or in any capacity.
Gibbs, Dilshan, @MontyPanesar & several others have been selected in KPL.
— Rashid (@iRashidLatif68) July 30, 2021
It should be noted that the first edition of ‘KPL’ will start on August 6 and will end on August 16.
Five franchises representing the cities of Azad Jammu and Kashmir will take part in it while the sixth franchise is named Overseas Warriors which will include Kashmiris living abroad.
This Pakistan Super League-style T20 league will feature talented local and international players from Pakistan.