Monty Panesar, a Former British spinner, has withdrawn from the disputed Kashmir Premier League formulated by Pakistan. Panesar was one of the players initially supposed to play along with Herschelle Gibbs and Tillakaratne Dilshan. However, the veteran pulled out due to rising political tensions between India and Pakistan. On Twitter, he announced his decision to back off.
The KPL has heightened tensions between India and Pakistan as the BCCI has warned players not to participate in the tournament. Moreover, the PCB cited BCCI as an insult to cricket by preventing a few cricketers from playing in KPL. However, Tillakaratne Dilshan, former Sri Lanka captain, has said that he would take part in the KPL, despite the threats.