Virat Kohli will be formally invited to the second season of the Kashmir Premier League
The Kashmir Premier League (KPL), which held its debut season last year, will formally ask former Indian captain Virat Kohli to participate in the league’s second edition. The KPL president, Arif Malik, stated that the league has chosen to extend Kohli an invitation, adding that “it’s a message of peace from our side.”
This comes after former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who is now the Director of Cricket Operations for the KPL, stated that the league should extend invites to cricket boards all over the world, as well as invite Kohli to join the league. Given the history of tensions between India and Pakistan, it remains to be seen whether Kohli will accept such an offer.
The league sparked controversy last year when it was revealed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had advised other cricket boards as well as foreign players not to participate in the league or they would be denied entry into India or operate in any capacity with Indian cricket.
Later, former South African player Herschelle Gibbs said that the BCCI was pressuring him not to participate in the competition. Similarly, former England spinner Monty Panesar took to Twitter to announce his decision to withdraw from the league “because of political tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir concerns,” later emphasizing that it was his “personal decision.”
The six-team competition, organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), was conducted for the first time in 2021, with Rawalakot Hawks taking the inaugural title. The second season of the league, which will include two additional teams, will begin on August 1 and conclude on August 14. The event’s draught is expected to take place in June.