The second edition of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) is all set to begin from 17 September to 8 October in six cities of India. The draft process will soon take place and the schedule is likely to be announced in the due course as well. The Caribbean batter Chris Gayle has been the latest edition in the LLC.
A total of 60 players have confirmed their participation in the tournament involving the retired cricketers. The list also includes Pakistani icons like Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-Ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf. All the three players took part in the previous edition as well and represented Asia Lions. However, with the upcoming edition of the LLC taking place in India, it will be a waiting game to see if these players are given entry to the nation, who are also supporters of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL).
The former Pakistan skipper Misbah will don the role of a coach for the Muzaffarabad Tigers team in KPL 2. Furthermore, Akhtar has been a huge supporter of KPL, unlike the stance of BCCI.
Will Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah allow Pakistan players to feature in LLC?
LLC has roped in the former Indian skipper and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly for the charity match to mark the nation’s 75th Independence Day in the newest edition. In addition, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah will be at the centre stage as well. It is evident that no Pakistan players are allowed in the Indian Premier League after the 2008 edition due to the 26/11 incident.
In fact, the last bilateral series between both countries took place in 2012/13, and since then, have lock horns only in the ICC events. The Indian government and BCCI have taken a strong stand against the organization of KPL. Earlier, the former Proteas cricketer, Herschelle Gibbs was also said to be warned by BCCI for being a part of the KPL.