Monty Panesar fears participation in Kashmir League may attract BCCI’s wrath
The issue of barring foreign players from playing in the Kashmir Premier League by India has resurfaced as former English cricketer Monty Panesar, after Herschelle Gibbs, also exposed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Panesar said that the English Cricket Board told him that if he joined the KPL then he would not be granted visa by India and the Indian board would also not offer him any job. He said he could not jeopardise his career by taking such a big decision against the cricket giant as he wanted to pursue the job of commentary and broadcasting in the future.
The BCCI has asked all cricket boards not to send players to the KPL, he maintained.
Panesar was told that he would not to be a part of any cricket event in India in case of playing the KPL. “I am seeing difficulties in my career of commentary and broadcasting due to Indian threat,” he added.
The BCCI has also approached the ICC, after threatening foreign players, against the Kashmir Premier League which is starting from August 6.
According to a report, the Indian Board has requested the ICC not to accept the KPL under any circumstances as the participation of foreign players in a local event gave an impression of its being an international tournament.
It should be noted that the ICC does not have the authority to approve any domestic event as it is approved only by the country where the event is being held.