Gibbs Claims BCCI Is Threatening Him Over Kashmir Premier League

SRINAGAR: Former South African star cricketer Herschelle Gibbs on Saturday accused the BCCI of threatening him over his participation in the inaugural Kashmir Premier League saying the Board was bringing its “political agenda with Pakistan into the equation”.

Gibbs is part of KPL’s Overseas Warriors franchise and made the revelations public in a Tweet adding that the BCCI also threatened him of denying entry into India.

“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.” The Proteas great said in the Tweet.

According to media reports, Gibbs has blamed BCCI Secretary Jay Shah for the threats. “It came from Mr Shah. (The) message was sent to Graeme Smith who passed it on to me,” he told Sportskeeda.

Gibbs’ accusations come a day after former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif made similar remarks. “The @BCCI warning cricket boards that if their 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,” Latif had tweeted.

The first edition Kashmir Premier League (KPL) is scheduled to be played from August 6 to August 16. The tournament will have six teams including: Overseas Warriors, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Rawalakot Hawks, Bagh Stallions, Mirpur Royals and Kotli Lions. Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are the captains of their respective teams.

Each team will have 5 local players from Pakistan administered Kashmir with the matches set to be played at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium.

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