Vinod Rai Open To Examine Proposal Regarding Indian Players’ Participation In Overseas T20 Leagues
The Board of Control for Cricket in India might rethink its strict stance on not allowing the Indian player to ply their trade in overseas franchise tournaments.
In this age of T20 cricket where players of other countries are pocketing millions by playing in T20 leagues around the world, the BCCI is the only cricket board that doesn’t allow their cricketers to enhance their earning options. At the time being the players are only allowed to feature in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
However, the stubbornness of the board might change in the coming days with Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), admitting that he is open to mull on the prospect of allowing the players to play in other leagues.
“I am open to examining such a proposal,” Rai told The Times of India.
The BCCI’s decision has taken a bigger toll on the non-contracted players. While the contracted players have a good retainer fee along with the match fees and other, the non-contracted players have very few options of earning more, and so the T20 leagues can be a good choice. But as of now, they have been deprived of that livelihood means.
According to TOI, out-of-favor batsman, Suresh Raina had recently approached Ajay Sethi, the owner of Nelson Mandela Bay Stars in the upcoming T20 league in South Africa, to work for the franchise as an ambassador.
“India should allow non-contracted players to play in other leagues as they will add huge value to the game. Suresh Raina was very keen to work with our team as an ambassador. Raina is a great player and should be given a chance to play outside. There are many like him and they make some money, family holiday and cricket connect,” Sethi said.
Meanwhile, Venky Mysore, owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, is also in favor of seeing the Indian players playing in other T20 leagues.
The BCCI is apprehensive of players plying their trade in other leagues, as it can diminish the value of IPL. Also, it can cause a West Indies like situation where several players are prioritising franchise cricket, but Mysore said playing across the globe will provide the players with exposure and opportunity which will benefit the players as well as Indian cricket.
“I am stating the obvious but Indian players will be considered as foreigners in any league outside India, so if they are allowed to play, at best you might see 6-8 players being selected in those foreign leagues. In my view, young emerging players who may not be getting opportunities in IPL can be considered first with a view to providing them exposure and opportunity. That will in turn benefit them & Indian cricket,” Mysore said.
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