According to KPL President Arif Malik, former India captain Virat Kohli may be invited to Pakistan’s Kashmir Premier League. The KPL is a T20 cricket tournament held in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Kohli was invited to promote a message of peace between the two countries.
Kashmir Premier League President invites Virat Kohli to play in the T20 tournament
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) organizes the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), a six-team tournament that began in 2021 with Rawalakot Hawks winning the inaugural title.
With the second edition of the league slated to begin on August 1, the final on August 14, and two more teams being added, the KPL President intends to issue an invitation to former Indian captain Virat Kohli.
The KPL president, Arif Malik, said that Virat Kohli will receive an invitation from the league.
“[Mohammad] Rizwan gave a very positive message that cricket should be beyond anything else. So, we are sending a letter to Virat Kohli, inviting him to play in the league or at least come and watch one match. It’s a message of peace from our side, now it is up to him, whether he accepts it or not,” Malik said.
“We are ready to host other Indian players as well. We believe that sports are the only way to bridge the gap between the two countries,” he added.
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, who is now the Director of Cricket Operations for the KPL, had stated that the league needs to issue invitations to various cricket boards. He also urged that Kohli be invited to join the league.
“We should send an invitation [to Virat Kohli] but the decision to play lies with the player,” Latif said.
“It’s good to initiate such a thing. I also advised [Najam] Sethi to send invitations to all cricket boards, which includes BCCI as well, for PSL. If we get good resources, we will try to put them to good use and organise a good tournament. We want people in Pakistan and outside Pakistan to enjoy the league,” he added.