Former England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar has pulled out of Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League (KPL) following a warning from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Panesar stated that he will not be participating in the tournament and also warned the other players to think about the implications first before taking part in the Kashmir Premier League.
“I had the opportunity to play in the ‘KPL’ and I thought I could play again. However, I was advised that the BCCI is telling players who will play in the ‘Kashmir Premier League’ might face consequences. As I am just starting my career in sports media I want to work in India. Therefore I thought it would be better to not play in the ‘Kashmir Premier League’. I don’t want to come between cricket and politics,” Monty Panesar was quoted as saying Republic TV.
“I am a player I was just seeing this as an opportunity to resume playing gradually and make a comeback in cricket but after seeing the consequences, it is too risky for me to play in the ‘KPL’. Therefore, I thought it would be best if I don’t play in the league,” Panesar added.
He further added about the consequences of playing the league. “Every player will try to grab the opportunity to play again. But I hope if we don’t play the league, India will give us opportunities to work. We want to work in India. We want to do commentary, coaching in India.
“It’s their decision whether they want to play it or not. I have been instructed by the ECB. But they should know about the consequences if they play in the ‘KPL’,” the former England spinner felt.