After Yuvraj Singh announced his international cricket retirement, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has permitted him to participate in the Global T20 Canada 2019. Former Indian leg-spinner and head coach Anil Kumble wants to see more Indian players in the foreign T20 leagues.
Unlike the other national cricket boards, the BCCI doesn’t permit the active players to participate in the foreign T20 leagues. Recently, a few active Indian players wished to feature in the foreign T20 leagues, but the BCCI didn’t permit them.
In the last month, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket. After then, the BCCI has permitted the all-rounder to feature in the Global T20 Canada 2019.
Taking about Yuvraj Singh’s participation in the foreign T20 league, Anil Kumble has wished to see more Indian players in the foreign T20 leagues.
Kumble told IANS, “Yes, I feel that is something the BCCI will look at, but currently there are certain restrictions. But having said that, you know people like Yuvi have got the permission to go and play (in Global T20). So, I don’t see any issue if some of these players want to go and play, but the BCCI will have to give them NOC. At this point in time, it is good to have someone like Yuvi play in the leagues and in the future you will perhaps see more players from India participating in the leagues.”
It is a big moment if any Indian player plays in these leagues
Kumble believes that the Indian players’ participation will boost the foreign T20 leagues. He further added that it would benefit the participated youngsters of those leagues.
The former Indian leg-spinner added, “One is to get the experience of the player in the league and the second is the following that the Indian player has back home and that is massive. Any player from India gets massive support, the Indian team gets massive support across the world. So, the following of the league and their heroes is massive. And in that sense it is a big moment if any Indian player plays in these leagues. Yuvi playing in different leagues apart from the IPL will be followed as well.”
Global T20 Canada 2019 will be the second edition of this tournament that will run from 25th July to 11th August. Yuvraj will play for Toronto Nationals.
For me, the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me – Anil Kumble about joining in the Euro T20 Slam
On the other hand, Anil Kumble is a board member of the advisory committee of Euro T20 Slam. Euro T20 Slam 2019 will be the inaugural edition of this tournament that will run between 30th August and 22nd September.
Talking about his working with this league, Kumble has mentioned participating in the development of cricket in Europe and Ireland.
He claimed, “For me the development of cricket in this region is what attracted me. I know there are a lot of T20 leagues that have cropped up, but I feel the development of Europe and Ireland being a Full Member now and having Test status is something that attracted me.”
T20 league is a great platform for exchange of ideas and talent – Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble also feels that the T20 cricket is helping to grow up the cricket and making a positive impact on the associate members.
He added, “I think that is something people want to see, we have seen over different competitions. Also, the closeness of competing against the tougher teams so to speak is a lot narrower and the difference between teams is very narrow. So, you will also see the odd result that doesn’t go as per expectation. That is why I feel this format is something that helps in growing the game.
“It is a great platform for exchange of ideas and talent. For any youngster across the globe to get to interact with the icons is a blessing and to rub shoulders with them. Also for teams like Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, it is as good as gold. The youngsters will benefit from playing against and with the icons. To know how the experienced campaigners adapt to certain situations, you cannot learn that from coaches.”
On last Friday (19th July), the Euro T20 Slam players’ draft was conducted in London. Around 700 players from 22 different nations participated in that players’ draft.