Herschelle Gibbs coming to Pakistan despite BCCI threats, says KPL chief

Herschelle Gibbs coming to Pakistan despite BCCI threats, says KPL chief

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A representative image of Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
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ISLAMABAD: President Kashmir Premier League (KPL) Arif Malik Monday said that former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is coming to Pakistan despite threats from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Malik said that India should understand that players are coming to play cricket in the KPL, adding that this is not politics. 

“Herschelle Gibbs is coming to Pakistan despite threats [from the BCCI],” he said, adding that India also stopped international commentators from participating in the KPL and that the league is trying to bring in more foreign players for the tournament.

He hoped the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not block players’ NOC for the tournament.

The KPL chief said people in Indian Occupied Kashmir are also excited about the tournament and said that the league is working to ensure they can also catch the action live on TV.

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The BCCI has threatened international players from participating in the KPL, saying that future opportunities concerning cricket will be closed for them in India if they play in the KPL.

Following the development, the South African cricketer took to Twitter and slammed the BCCI for stopping him.

Sanctioned by the PCB, the KPL is a T20 format, mega cricketing event, aimed at promoting Kashmir’s importance and talent at the global level.

Six teams are participating in the tournament, namely the Bagh Stallions, Mirpur Royals, Overseas Warriors, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Rawlakot Hawks and Kotli Lions.

Matches are being played at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

KPL 2021 schedule

Meanwhile, the KPL management has issued the schedule for the tournament starting August 6.

According to details, the first match will be played between Rawlakot Hawks and Kotli Lions while Bagh Stallions and Kotli Lions will be in action on August 7.

The first qualifier match of the KPL will be played on August 14.

Eliminator one and two are scheduled for August 15 and 16 while the final match of the tournament will be played on the 17th.

All the matches are day and night fixtures and will be aired on Geo Super live.

Date Time Match
August 6 8:30pm Mirpur Royals vs Rawlakot Hawks
August 7 2:00pm Bagh Stallions vs Kotli Lions
August 7 7:30pm Overseas Warriors vs Muzaffarabad Tigers 
August 8 2:00pm Mirpur Royals vs Bagh Stallions
August 8 7:30pm Rawlakot Hawks vs Kotli Lions
August 9 2:00pm Overseas Warriors vs Mirpur Royals
August 9 7:30pm Rawlakot Hawks vs Muzaffarabad Tigers
August 10 2:00pm Muzaffarabad Tigers vs Kotli Lions
August 10 7:30pm Bagh Stallions vs Overseas Warriors
August 11 2:00pm Rawlakot Hawks vs Bagh Stallions
August 11 7:30pm Kotli Lions vs Mirpur Royals
August 12 10am Bagh Stallions vs Muzaffarabad Tigers
August 12 3:00pm Rawlakot Hawks vs Overseas Warriors
August 13 2:00pm Overseas Warriors vs Kotli Lions
August 13 7:30pm Muzaffarabad Tigers vs Mirpur Royals
August 14 4:00pm Qualifier (Team 1 vs Team 2)
August 15 4:00pm Eliminator 1 (Team 3 vs Team 4) 
August 16 4:00pm Eliminator 2 (Loser of Qualifier vs winner of Eliminator 1)
August 17 4:00pm Final (Loser of Qualifier vs winner of Eliminator 1)

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