Pakistan Cricket Board has lambasted the Indian cricket board over reports that they are trying to stop players from participating in the Kashmir Premier League. The PCB accused the BCCI of breaching international norms and the spirit of the game by interfering in the internal affairs of a member country as the tournament has been approved by the PCB.
Earlier, former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused the BCCI of threatening him not to participate in the tournament. “Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me from playing in the KPL. Also, threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work,” tweeted Gibbs.
A press release by PCB read: “The PCB considers that the BCCI has brought the game into disrepute by issuing warnings to multiple ICC Members to stop their retired cricketers from featuring in the Kashmir Premier League, further threatening they will not be allowed entry into India for cricket-related work.
“Such conduct from the BCCI is completely unacceptable, against the preamble of the Spirit of Cricket and sets a dangerous precedence, which can neither be tolerated nor ignored.
“The PCB will 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.”