SRINAGAR: Ignoring BCCI warning, South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs is reported to have reached Muzaffarabad and would be playing for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managed Kashmir Premier League (KPL). The t20 tourney is being played in disputed Muzaffarabad territory.
Gibbs has signed for one of the teams, the Overseas Warriors, reports appearing in various cricket and sports media outlets said. There are six teams participating in the competition and every team is in charge of a Pakistani test player.
The World’s richest Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had warned international players that their participation would make them individuals with whom BCCI will not work in future. The warning led various cricketers to withdraw from the KPL. These include Matt Prior, Phil Mustard, Owais Shah, Tenu Best and Monty Panesar.
Panesar, who is of Punjabi descent, reports appearing in media said had said that he has a lot of friends, family and relatives in India and did not want to risk anything. Hence, he decided to pull out of the six-team tournament.
Gibs, however, refused to withdraw from the controversial tourney and has actually flown to Pakistan.