Despite a host of IPL franchise owners buying teams in the upcoming T20 competitions to be based out of South Africa and UAE, the BCCI won’t change its strategy to limit the contribution of Indian players in overseas leagues. According to the ebb and flow strategy of the BCCI, any contracted India cricketer should resign and cut all ties with the board prior to engaging in any overseas league.
The proprietors of Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, , Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow SuperGiants have bought teams in South Africa T20 association. Then again, MI , DC and KKR have teams in UAE’s International T20 League.
“It’s clear, no Indian player including domestic players can take part in any other league until he is retired from all forms of the game. If any player wants to take part in these upcoming leagues he can only do so when he cuts off all ties with the BCCI,”a BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
If CSK choose to use the services of MS Dhoni as a coach, they will not be permitted to do so except if the legendary skipper declares retirement from IPL first.
“Then he can’t play IPL for CSK. He has to retire here first,”the BCCI official said.
The debate over participation of Indian players in T20 leagues organised by other cricket boards has been lighted after Australia legend Adam Gilchrist said he has never found an open solution behind the training.
“I’m not criticising the IPL, but why won’t Indian players come and play in the Big Bash league? I’ve never had an open and honest answer: Why are some leagues accessing every player in the world? No Indian player plays in any other T20 league,”Gilchrist had said.
In a sharp retort, legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar claimed the ‘old powers’ have an issue when BCCI is attempting to safeguard its cricket.
“Some overseas former players have said that the Indian players should be allowed to play the Big Bash or the Hundred. They are concerned about their cricket, which is totally understandable. But when Indian cricket looks to protect its cricket by ensuring that their players stay fresh for their matches and thus restricting them from playing overseas, that is not acceptable to the guys from the ‘old powers,”Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.