The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has often been criticized for not allowing it’s players to play in foreign T-20 tournaments. Following Suresh Raina’s footsteps, another prominent India cricketer Robin Uthappa has urged the BCCI to allow player participation in foreign leagues.
The BCCI doesn’t allow the Indian cricketers to take part in any foreign T-20 leagues. The players are only allowed to feature in their very own Indian Premier League. However, the female cricketers have featured in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and England’s Super League
Speaking with BBC, Uthappa said, “Please let us go, honest to God. It hurts when we’re not allowed to go and play. It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can.”
The 34-year-old has also expressed how he believes BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will consider and reevaluate the rules.
“Ganguly is a very progressive thinking human being, someone who has always looked to take India to the next level. He actually laid the foundation for where India cricket is now. We’re hoping that he will look at this at some point,” he said.
Suresh Raina suggested how BCCI can allow players to play in different foreign leagues. The IPL veteran mentions how players who aren’t centrally contracted by the BCCI should be the only ones allowed to play. He adds how playing in top tier competitions will help act as a good stage. He shares how it will create an opportunity for player to make a comeback into the national teams.
Earlier, Irfan Pathan mentioned the chances he received to play in three foreign leagues. However he opted against it and joined Jammu and Kashmir’s domestic team.