South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is all set to arrive in Pakistan today [Friday] to play the Kashmir Premier League 2021. Gibbs snubbed the dirty politics and threats from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Woohoo 🤩 https://t.co/bwCxHJpdoE
— Kashmir Premier League (Official) (@kpl_20) August 5, 2021
Taking to Twitter, Herschelle Gibbs informed cricket buffs that he has already departed for Pakistan. “Another day, another air travel” said the cricketer after posting his photo from inside the plane, comfortably seated.
Another day, another ✈️ #travels #wheelsup #pumasouthafrica #QatarAirways #myfav pic.twitter.com/B9xulK6WKJ
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 5, 2021
Gibbs is the first cricketer who spoke out against the BCCI’s nefarious designs for KPL
Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous 🙄
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021
The KPL chief Arif Malik in an interview said, “We want to just play cricket, India should understand that players are coming to play cricket in KPL, not to do politics.”
“We want to just play cricket, we’re not having politics on our side” says Arif Malik in response to India’s attempts to sabotage the league. pic.twitter.com/P5OkIRofUJ
— Kashmir Premier League (Official) (@kpl_20) August 2, 2021
He further added, “People in Indian Occupied Kashmir are also excited about the tournament and the league is working to ensure they can also catch the action live on TV.”
KPL 2021 schedule
Six teams are participating in the tournament, namely the Bagh Stallions, Mirpur Royals, Overseas Warriors, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Rawlakot Hawks and Kotli Lions. Matches will take place at the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium.
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— Kashmir Premier League (Official) (@kpl_20) August 4, 2021
The first qualifier match of the KPL will be played on August 14. Eliminator one and two are scheduled for August 15 and 16 while the final match of the tournament will be played on August 17.
All the matches are day and night fixtures and will be aired on Geo Super live.