BCCI has responded to the ‘controversial’ tweets of former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs on the Kashmir Premier League issue and has bashed the batter for his ‘callous’ statement. The board once again asserted that it is well within its frame of rules to take decisions about things that affect the cricket ecosystem of India.
Earlier today, Herschelle Gibbs raised controversy through his tweet. You can read more about his tweet and the details about it here.
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A BCCI official has now opened up on the matter. He said that there is no credibility of Gibbs’ statement and moreover, he also added that it has the rights to take calls on cricket in India exclusively. The official said that the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) seems to be confused about the matter and it is completely an internal matter of the BCCI.
“PCB is coming across as confused. Just the way the decision to not allow players of Pakistani origin to participate in the IPL cannot be construed as interfering in the internal affairs of an ICC member, the decision, if any, to allow or disallow anyone from participating in any manner with cricket within India is purely an internal matter of the BCCI.” the BCCI official told reporters on July 31.
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Following Gibbs’ tweet, The Pakistan Cricket Board issued a statement on the matter. PCB, in their statement, pointed out that the BCCI has breached the international norms and the spirit of the game by interfering in their internal affairs. They said that the PCB had approved the KPL.
Replying to this, the BCCI official said that, “The PCB would do well to peruse the ICC’s classification of official cricket. In the eventuality that a retired player is participating as a player in a tournament, it would not quite be official cricket and any permission granted would be moot. I am not really sure how they are reading this to mean what they are intending it to mean, but then the PCB’s positioning is always bemusing. They should allow cricket to entertain rather than their decision making.”