Former England cricketer Monty Panesar pulls out from Kashmir Premier League due to ‘political pressure’

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Former England spinner Monty Panesar has pulled out of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) 2021, citing “political pressure” and “advice” from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stating that all cricketers who participate in the Kashmir tournament would not be allowed to play in India in the future, it emerged on Monday.

Talking to YouTube channel Sports Yaari, Panesar said the BCCI had “advised” him that if he played in KPL 2021, the “consequences” of his decision could include not being granted a visa to India in the future and not being allowed to work in the country.

“[It is] the start of my sports journalist career, I want to do broadcasting and commentary all over the world. Whatever opportunity or work I get in India, I want to do that. I cannot jeopardise it,” the spinner said, adding that he could “face difficulty” after taking such a big decision.