Kolkata Knight Riders, the former champions of the Indian Premier League, on Thursday clarified that there was no truth in reports suggesting that the franchise would play a three-match series with Pakistan Super League champions Peshawar Zalmi.
KKR won't be playing any unauthorized games/leagues as some false reports are claiming.— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 9, 2017
No such communication happened from our end.
The IPL giants took to Twitter to clarify their stand, stating: “KKR won’t be playing any unauthorized games/leagues as some false reports are claiming. No such communication happened from our end.”
The speculations started after Peshwar Zalmi CEO Javed Afridi claimed Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, who is also the owner of the IPL franchise, called him up to propose a three-match series between the two champions.
“Shah Rukh has asked me to talk to the Pakistani government and he will talk to the Indian government himself,” Afridi was quoted as saying by tribune.com.pk.
However, just over an hour after KKR tweeted clarifying their stand, Afridi backtracked on his claim and suggested that though he would welcome such a series, there was no truth behind the speculations.
Peshawar Zalmi had lifted the PSL title earlier this week after they beat Quetta Gladiators by 58 runs on an iconic night for Pakistan cricket. KKR, on the other hand, were crowned champions of the IPL back in 2012 and 2014.
Political tensions between the two governments have brought sporting actions to a halt with several bilateral series and tournaments cancelled over the past few years.
Though there’s no truth in the speculation that had surfaced, fans would have loved such a series nonetheless.