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BCCI issues warning, says those part of PoK league will be banned from all cricketing activities in India

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Guwahati: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come up with a strong stance over the upcoming Kashmir Premier League (KPL) which is set to get underway in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) this month. BCCI has reportedly warned cricket boards around the world that those taking part in the league will be banned from all sorts of cricketing activities in India.

According to reports, BCCI has confirmed that those cricketers who are taking part in the Kashmir Premier League in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), would be barred from playing in leagues in India or having any commercial connection with the BCCI, they can’t be part of any cricket related work in India.

BCCI has informally informed the boards that any participation in the controversial league will mean their commercial tie-ups with the BCCI will be over. A BCCI official said that the decision has been taken while keeping national interest in mind and that the board has no problems with players playing in the Pakistan Super League (IPL) but it had to draw the line when it came to a league in PoK.

“While asking the boards not to allow their players to take part in the Kashmir league, we have informed them that in case they do, they can’t be part of any cricketing activity in India. We have done this keeping national interest in mind,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

“We have no problems with those playing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but this is a league in PoK. We are toeing our government’s line,” the official added.

BCCI’s response has come after former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs accused the Indian board of trying to prevent him from taking part in the KPL. In a tweet, Gibbs criticised the BCCI for ‘threatening him’ and bringing a ‘political agenda with Pakistan into the equation’.

“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,” Gibbs tweeted.

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