Netizens slam Pakistans Sham PoK League, extend support to Monty Panesars withdrawal

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Social media also called out Pakistan for attempting to organize a cricket league on Indian soil and expressed their support to BCCI for taking a firm stand.

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Image: Monty Panesar/Instagram, Twitter

After England’s former spinner Monty Panesar announced that he was withdrawing his name from Pakistan’s ‘Kashmir Premier League’ in PoK on Sunday, netizens extended support to the player for taking the right call. Social media users also called out Pakistan for attempting to organize a cricket league on Indian soil and expressed their support to the BCCI for taking a firm stand on the matter.

Earlier today while speaking to Republic TV, Monty Panesar opened up on his decision to quit the PoK league and how he did not want to shut the door to work in India in the future.

“The reason I decided to not participate in this league was that I was clearly advised by the ECB and BCCI that if I do play, the consequences could be that I may be denied a visa in the future and may be denied any cricket opportunity in India. I have just started my media-sports career and India is one of the places I want to work. I couldn’t afford to shut that door and opportunity. The negative outweigh the pros. I would have lost a huge opportunity in India,” he said. 

Netizens React

Let Pakistan ruling establishment focus on developing the country and improving the standard of living people instead of these gimmicks. Because the country stood exposed with its earlier attempts to tarnish India’s image . https://t.co/SCgiCXAhC4

— DrA JaganMohanReddy (@Jaganmo05121164) August 2, 2021

Proud of you monty ! Never turn against your nation! They are trying to do that and in a very meticulous way

— Nishant (@Nishant91492214) August 2, 2021

Former English player Monty Panesar boycotts the KPL.

“The negatives outweigh the positives”.#KPL #KPL2021 #India

— Preity Üpala®™ 🇺🇲 🇮🇳 🇦🇺 (@ThePreityEffect) August 2, 2021

Why should Pakistan be organising a cricket league in Indian territory’s name?

Aise karke le loge Kashmir 😂😂😂

— Invincible Spirit (@invinciblewife) August 2, 2021

@MontyPanesar it’s not consequences, u r free to play, but u won’t be gvn chance to play in India, nd u shud remember tht pakistan holding this league in Indian territory of Kashmir whch it forcefully occupied and has done lots of atrocities and terr0r!st activities!

— Caesar Leonidas 🇮🇳 (@rama_atua) August 2, 2021

Kashmir is a part of India then how can Pakistan conduct that league

— Amarjeetjena (@Amarjeetjena10) August 2, 2021

‘Kashmir Premier League’ sham

Pakistan’s sham ‘Kashmir Premier League’, the first edition of which will be played between five teams representing cities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and one team representing “overseas” Kashmiris, was announced in December 2020. Shahid Afridi has been named the captain of Rawalakot Hawks, confirming the league’s geopolitical mischief quotient. The other teams in the franchise tournament will be represented by international Pakistani cricketers such as Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, and Fakhar Zaman. All matches in the competition are scheduled to be played between August 6 and August 16 in Muzaffarabad Stadium in PoK, while other former international players like Tillakaratne Dilshan and Monty Panesar have also been roped in. However, Panesar has now withdrawn his name from the league. 

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