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Srinagar cricket league | KPL president willing to assist India organise Srinagar cricket league
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked KPL President Arif Malik. If Srinagar could host a league like the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). Plus, Malik said he would be happy to help. In an interview with Geo News on Friday, Malik said that the KPL had no problem with the BCCI setting up a cricket league in Srinagar, the capital of the part of Jammu and Kashmir that is controlled by India.
Therefore, the second season of the KPL will take place in Muzaffarabad’s beautiful cricket stadium from August 1st to the 14th. Also, Malik says that now that the financial dust has settled, the league is ready to get back to work. Thus, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has only let the KPL pick foreign players who retired at least five years ago, the league’s commissioner said. Most of PCB’s 33 centrally-contracted players will not be playing in the upcoming KPL season.
“We are the promoters of cricket. We won’t mind if BCCI organises a cricket league in Srinagar. In fact, we are ready to help and share expertise with BCCI if they want to organise a tournament in [IIoJK] similar to KPL,” the president said.
“As far as my invitation to Virat Kohli for KPL is concerned, it was just to depict a peaceful image of Azad Kashmir,” he clarified.
“There were financial concerns of franchises related to the first edition but all issues are now settled. The KPL management has formed a League Council which will look into financial and other important matters of KPL,” he shared.
“PCB gave us permission to draft foreign cricketers who retired five years ago. Now, the issue is that franchises are not interested to draft foreign cricketers under such restrictions,” he shared the concern.
“We’re in talks with PCB to allow current players of associate nations,” he added.