Cricketers from all across the world enjoy playing franchise-based cricket and T20 leagues all over the world. But, since the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) does not issue NOC to Indian cricketers to participate in such competitions, they are left behind, craving to have the perks.
The board wants players’ focus to be on domestic cricket and not being foreign T20 league centric. However, it is likely to review its decision in the upcoming Annual General Meeting in September.
According to the reports, the BCCI might allow Indian cricketers to participate in the T20 leagues across the world. It is because the franchises from the Indian Premier League are forcing the board to let their players take part in Cricket South Africa’s newly launched tournament. It must be noted six IPL franchises have bought teams in CSA’s T20 league.
However, if the players’ dreams come true to participate in foreign T20 leagues, the BCCI will still not allow NOC to its centrally contracted cricketers, including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and all other high-profile players.
One of the BCCI officials was reported saying,
“Few IPL teams with a presence in leagues abroad have requested the BCCI to allow Indian players. But we have to discuss this at the AGM before coming to any conclusion. It is a contentious issue as IPL is successful because of the exclusivity it provides. Definitely, we won’t lose that. As for Indian players playing abroad, it may happen due to the growing number of franchise leagues.”
Multiple times, Indian cricketers have raised their voices to let them in tournaments like Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League, The Hundred, and others across the world. If the BCCI revises its decision, the upcoming versions of these leagues will surely rope in hundreds of Indian cricketers in several teams.