IPL franchises urge BCCI to allow Indian players to play in overseas T20 leagues after buying SA teams – Report

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Indian players could finally get a chance to play in overseas T20 leagues as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is said to be open to the idea of ​​allowing players to participate in overseas tournaments. . Over the years, BCCI has maintained a strict policy of not allowing active Indian players to participate in foreign leagues. However, their firm stance is expected to change.

According to a report by Insidesport, several IPL teams have urged the BCCI to consider the idea of ​​letting Indian players ply their trade in foreign leagues amid IPL’s growing influence in other countries. Recently, current franchise owners IPL purchased all six T20 league teams from South Africa.

IPL franchise owners Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Lucknow Super Giants, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have reportedly bought six teams in South Africa’s T20 league. Some of these teams have applied to BCCI to allow Indian players to play in foreign leagues in order to strengthen their respective teams in the future.

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While the BCCI is now open to the idea, the Indian Cricket Board will make the final decision on this at its next Annual General Meeting (AGM).

“Few IPL teams in overseas leagues have applied to BCCI to allow Indian players. But we need to discuss this at AGM before coming to a conclusion. is successful because of the exclusivity it offers. As for Indian players playing abroad, it may happen because of the growing number of franchise leagues,” a senior BCCI official said as quoted by InsideSport.

Although BCCI is under pressure from IPL teams, the board is aware of the exclusivity that popular Indian cricketers give to the IPL. As no active Indian cricketers are allowed to compete in overseas leagues, fans can only see them in action during the IPL season.

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According to the report, even though the BCCI allows Indian players to play in foreign leagues, the board is certain to keep popular and top names exclusive for the IPL. The BCCI official said the council will provide relief to players who are not popular or are in the Team India account.

“It’s good to see the growing footprint of the IPL around the world. But we must not forget that it is thanks to the Indian players that the IPL is so popular. It is the only league where the fans can watch them play. If they start playing in other leagues, it will only increase viewer fatigue. It won’t be exclusive anymore. But there is room to relax when it comes to players or less popular cricketers who are not taken into account,” the BCCI official added. .

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