Cricket : Now Robin Uthappa to BCCI, “let us play in the other cricket leagues’

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The Indian cricketers are known for staying quiet as far the policies of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is concerned. But the BCCI’S policy of not allowing the active Indian cricketers to play in the cricket leagues other than the very own Indian Premier League (IPL) has started seeing strong voices from the players. 
After Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan, now Robin Uthappa has asked the BCCI to allow the Indian players to play in overseas T20 leagues. Uthappa who for IPL 2020 has been picked by Rajasthan Royals franchise during the BBC’S Doosra podcast urged the BCCI to grant them permissions to play in the overseas leagues. 
“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 told the BBC.
Earlier, Raina and Pathan had also argued the same point in an Instagram Live session a few days ago. As per the BCCI’s policy Indian cricketers till they have not announced their official retirements can’t play in the leagues like Australian Big Bash League (BBL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Emirates T10 league, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) or the upcoming The Hundred competition in England. 
However, Uthappa hopes that new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly’s ‘progressive’ outlook could do wonders for his cause.
“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,” said Uthappa.


Earlier sidelined from he Indian squad Suresh Raina and former all-rounder Irfan Pathan had said that BCCI should allow those Indian players to compete in foreign T20 leagues who are not in contention for national team.

“I wish BCCI plans something with ICC or the franchises that Indian players get to play foreign leagues. At least allow us to play in two different foreign leagues,” Raina said during an Instagram Live session.

“If we play quality cricket in terms of foreign leagues, then it would be good for us. All international players make a comeback by playing in all those leagues.”

Irfan, who had initiated the session, also seconded the opinion, saying players who are not in the reckoning should at least be allowed to compete in foreign T20 leagues.

“There is a different mindset in different countries. Michael Hussey made his debut at the age of 29 for Australia, an Indian player can never make his debut at the age of 30. I think as long as you are fit, you should be available to play for your country,” said Irfan, who had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January this year.

“I would suggest that all those players who are 30 years old and they are not on your radar to play international matches, you should allow them to play in foreign leagues.”

Last year, veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was handed a No-Objection Certificate to participate in the Global T20 Canada by BCCI, making him the only Indian cricketer to play in a foreign league. It should also be noted that while the male cricketers are barred by the BCCI, their female counterparts are not bound by the same rules. Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and a few others have already played in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and the Super League in England.

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