The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t allow any Indian player to play in any foreign T20 or T10 league. A player is only allowed to play the league once he retires from Indian cricket.
Should non contracted players be allowed to play in T20 leagues other than IPL?
Several senior Indian players have urged BCCI to allow them to play foreign T20 leagues. Suresh Raina along with Irfan Pathan has urged BCCI that they should allow non-centrally contracted players to play in foreign T20 leagues and not just restrict them to IPL. Irfan Pathan, who had been away from the national team since 2013, had to withdraw from the Caribbean Premier League’s draft.
In 2019, Harbhajan Singh had to withdraw his name from The Hundred’s draft because of his connection to IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. Non contracted players only play first-class matches or IPL. They should have been allowed to play foreign franchise league because they are not under any contract.
A big player like Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony was only given NOC’s (No objection certificate) to play the Global T20 Canada and T10 league after they retired from Indian cricket and IPL.
Threat to the popularity of IPL
After the success of the 2007 T20 World Cup, BCCI brings the IPL to India and it changes the structure of T20 in India and all over the world. The popularity of IPL is way higher than any franchise cricket league in the world. Big Indian players and players from all across the globe come here to play that’s why it’s the toughest league in the world. Despite the foreign players in IPL, it’s the Indian players who attract more crowd. BCCI does not want any Indian player to play or promote any foreign franchise league because it’s a threat to IPL. Non-contracted players like Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa and many more have enough capability to attract the crowd and bring them to the stands. If any of the players among these would become a face of the foreign league, it’s a direct threat to the IPL. Players are allowed to play first-class matches and List A matches outside the country because these matches don’t attract much crowd.
Leagues like BBL and CPL could be helpful
Australian Big Bash League and Caribbean premiere league constantly tried to get Indian players and have shown their interests. But leagues like this could help many young Indian talents likes Nitish Rana, Deepak Hooda and many more. Some players only play IPL or first-class cricket. BCCI should allow these players to play in foreign conditions and to adapt to those conditions which could be helpful in the future. This could give more exposure to the young players or maybe a chance for all those players who all have been dropped out of the team and want to make a come back.