In a snub to Indian cricket board, the International Cricket Council has said the global governing body will not interfere the Kashmir Premier League as it is beyond their jurisdiction.
The ICC deemed that the KPL is a domestic tournament. “The tournament is not under ICC’s jurisdiction as it is not an international cricket tournament,” a spokesperson for ICC told Pakistan’s Geo TV said.
A controversy erupted after former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs accused the BCCI of threatening to withdraw from the KPL, a T20 league being organised with the blessing of PCB.
In his tweet, Gibbs said the BCCI also warned him of losing any cricket-related activities in India.
The PCB responded to Gibbs’ tweet saying it was disappointing to see the Indian cricket board trying to scuttle participation of retired overseas stars in the KPL and said they would raise the matter with the ICC and take other necessary actions.
BCCI did not issue any official clarification but ANI quoted a BCCI official saying PCB is under an illusion in this matter and they have not threatened any player to withdraw from the KPL.
As per ICC rules, each national federation shall have the sole and exclusive right to sanction the staging of domestic matches within its territory.
The ICC can only intervene if matches are to be held in the territory of an associate member’s territory. All board members have the authority to approve and conduct domestic matches within its territory without obtaining ICC approval.