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Kashmir Premier League is launched in the Azad Kashmir region of Pakistan by a private group after getting the approvals of the Government of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. The Pakistan cricket board also assented to the league.
KPL 2021 is already buzzing among the sports fans of Pakistan as the country’s leading stars like Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, and Imad Wasim are playing the league.
Indian Media on Kashmir Premier League
However, the Indian media is not endorsing this league in any positive way. Zee News of India released a media report on the Kashmir Premier League. The report categorically accuses Prime Minister Imran Khan of launching this league to save his government. The Indian media is upset as the league is hosted by the capital of Azad Kashmir: Muzaffarabad. Watch the video:
Tensions between Pakistan and India
Pakistan and India have a historical sporting history full of drama, competition, and action. Unfortunately, the political tensions between the two neighbors have restricted the sports fan from witnessing one of the best rivalries of cricket. Pakistan last toured India in 2012-13, where Pakistan won the ODI Series 2-1 while the T20I Series was squared 1-1.
Importance of Kashmir Premier League
The Kashmir Premier League holds great importance as it is the very first event in the history of Azad Kashmir that will be covered not just nationally but internationally. The passion for cricket in the entire Jammu and Kashmir Regions administered by Pakistan and India is immense; hence, this event will highlight the young talent of Kashmir and highlight the soft image of Kashmir globally.
Promotion of Kashmiri Talent
KPL is a big platform for the Kashmiri youth to get recognition worldwide. Each squad needed to select five local Kashmiri origin players, while the draft’s emerging category also included players from the rest of Pakistan and overseas Kashmiri players. Unlike Pakistan Super League, KPL teams will have to pick at least three emerging players in the playing XI to give them exposure and a chance to prove themselves.
Renovation of Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium
The beautiful and heavenly stadium of Muzaffarabad is getting renovated at a swift pace. Floodlights are being installed for the very first time. New stands are being installed along with the improvement of the existing infrastructure. Fans will be able to watch the matches live from the Muzaffarabad cricket stadium in august 2021. The tournament will be live on PTV Sports and Geo Super as well.
Read more about the league: Squads and Teams of Kashmir Premier League