Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan, earlier, have shown their disappointment against BCCI’s rule not to allow Indian cricketers to participate in the foreign leagues until they have retired from the game. Now, Robin Uthappa has joined them and has requested BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to allow all players to get opportunities to play in foreign leagues.
Interestingly, Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Mazansi Super League, Big Bash League, and many other global leagues feature international players. However, BCCI hasn’t allowed its players to feature in such foreign leagues. According to Uthappa, these leagues give more opportunities to cricketer to learn more about the game. He added that as a student, the different competitions would help them to grow every day.
“Please let us go, honest to God. It does hurt 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,” Uthappa said.
Robin Uthappa requests Sourav Ganguly:
The Kerela player, who has represented India in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, pleaded Sourav Ganguly to look over the same and permit the players. He has trust in the former Indian captain for bringing a revolution in Indian cricket.
“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 asserted.
In normal circumstances, Robin Uthappa would have been playing for Rajasthan Royals in the 13th edition of the lucrative season. RR bagged his service after KKR released him ahead of the IPL 2020 auction. He has also played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Pune Warriors India. The middle-order batsman has scored 4411 runs in 177 IPL matches.