Retired Indian cricketers hoping to play in foreign cricket leagues will be disappointed. The Committee of Administrators, running the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has confirmed that a nod for Yuvraj Singh to play in the Global T20 League Canada was a one-off aberration.
“What happened in Yuvraj’s case was a one-off and we aren’t looking at handing out any NOCs at present for playing in foreign leagues. We discussed the matter, but felt no action is required to be taken on the issue,” a CoA member has told leading news agency IANS.
The BCCI officials are, however, not on the same page with the CoA on its dual standards of allowing one players to play in overseas professional leagues while denying others. Yuvraj in June this year had announced retirement from all forms of the sport, including Indian domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League, for playing professional leagues overseas. He has subsequently been allowed and is playing in the Global T20 Canada league.
The BCCI officials, while asking for a sense of consistency, have said there cannot be a change in approach after handing one player the NOC.
“There is something called consistency, but clearly not under the current administration in the board. Arbitrary decision making isn’t the way when it comes to players and their careers. There might be quite a few former players who are no longer part of the scheme of things when it comes to the Indian team who would have thought of retiring and playing in T20 leagues. This sudden U-turn is unfair on them,” IANS has quoted an official as saying.
“To be honest, you don’t retire geographically. You either retire or you don’t. If some country is permitting retired players to play in T20 leagues, that is an ICC issue. The ICC wishes to be ignorant on such issues. But as far as this U-turn is concerned, it is wrong,” says another official.
The CoA in a deviation from the BCCI practice has granted NOC to Yuvraj for playing in the GT20 Canada even though the grounds of clearing Yuvraj and now talks of denying the same rights to others are never clarified.