The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slammed former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), asserting that the Indian board is well within its rights to make decisions regarding the country’s cricketing ecosystem.
The BCCI’s response comes on the same day that former Proteas batsman Gibbs lashed out at the Indian board for allegedly preventing him from playing in the Kashmir Premier League.
“While one cannot confirm or deny the veracity of a statement made by a former player who was previously implicated in a CBI investigation into match-fixing, the PCB must understand that even if Gibb’s statement is true, the BCCI is well within its rights to make decisions regarding the Indian cricketing ecosystem. The PCB should not be envious of the fact that the Indian cricketing ecosystem is the most sought-after in the world for cricketing opportunities “ANI was informed by a BCCI official.
“PCB comes across as perplexed. Just as the decision not to allow players of Pakistani origin to participate in the IPL cannot be construed as interfering with an ICC member’s internal affairs, the BCCI’s decision, if any, to allow or disallow anyone from participating in any manner with cricket within India is entirely internal “the official continued.
Additionally, the official stated that the PCB can take the matter to the ICC, but everyone understands why the Pakistan board is acting in this manner and what motivates their actions.
“They are welcome to bring the matter to the ICC, and one can understand why, but the question they need to answer is whether it is due to government interference in their work, given that the Prime Minister of Pakistan is their official Patron under their own constitution. It is past time to consider whether this matter should also be brought before the ICC “The official stated.
Earlier on Saturday, Gibbs took to Twitter to say: “It is completely unnecessary for the @BCCI to insert their political agenda regarding Pakistan into the equation and attempt to prevent me from participating in the @kpl 20. Additionally, they have threatened to deny me entry to India for any cricket-related work. Ludicrous.”
Following this, the PCB issued a statement stating: “The PCB believes the BCCI has violated international standards and the spirit of the gentleman’s game once again by interfering in the internal affairs of ICC Members by approving the KPL.”
The BCCI official added, “I am not impressed by this statement.” “The PCB would be wise to peruse the International Cricket Council’s classification of official cricket. If a retired player participates in a tournament as a player, it is not considered official cricket, and any permission granted is meaningless. I’m not sure how they’re interpreting this to mean what they intend, but then the PCB’s positioning is always perplexing. They should delegate cricket’s entertainment value to cricket, rather than to their decision-making.”
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