New Delhi: The Legends League Cricket T20 was held in Oman in January 2022 where three teams — India, Rest of Asia and Rest of World took part. The League recently announced that the second edition of the tournament will be held in six Indian cities. The League also announced the BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly, as one of their top buy. This however raises few questions and concerns! Has the BCCI and the Government of India altered its stance vis-a-vis its cricketing ties with Pakistan.
The League has a long list of former cricketers from Pakistan including Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-ul Haq, Shahid Afridi and many others comprising the Asia and World XI teams. So, it will be interesting to see the Government of India’s stance on the League and how it allows it to take place on Indian soil when the nation has severed all cricketing ties with the neighbouring country till they stop supporting and funding terrorists to inflict mass destruction on Indian soil. This is one of the reason why Pakistan players are not allowed to take part in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
It is also interesting to note that all Pakistan cricketers, both former and current, many of whom are playing in the League are strong advocate and promoters of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL). The Government of India and BCCI have strongly objected and condemned the organizing of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) and have banned all cricketers playing in KPL from playing any form of cricket in India.
In addition to that, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly becoming a key player in the League is also a big slap in BCCI’s face. Sourav Ganguly’s endorsement of the League is sending mixed signals in regards to the League and BCCI secretary Mr Jay Shah, who also is the Indian Home Minister Mr Amit Shah’s son, should step in and stopping this League from happening in India.