Reently, Suresh Raina, out of favour Indian Batsman, in an Instagram Session with his former teammate Irfan Pathan, had opined that the players who aren’t a part of BCCI’s central contract should be given permission of participating in foreign leagues.
But it didn’t look like, BCCI is in mood to consider such opinions seriously. Terming the demands obvious with the retirement approaching, a BCCI official, in response, quashed such demands entirely.
“One usually finds these views emanating from those who can see the wall of retirement approaching and it’s only natural. That’s their view. It’s the luxury of having the freedom of a tunnel vision with a view to further their own interests and that’s absolutely fine.
“From the point of view of the board and the interests of Indian cricket, the intent is to ensure a system where the non-contracted players are able to command good value at the IPL auction. Exclusivity is the key,” the BCCI official said.
As per BCCI’s regulations, BCCI does not allow any active player to take part in foreign Cricket Leagues. Either any Indian player has to seek the permission of BCCI or he can take part only after the retirement from all forms of cricket including IPL.
In the session, Raina has raised the financial issues of non-contracted players like him and Irfan among many others. “There are many quality players who are not in BCCI contract like me, Yusuf (Pathan) and (Robin) Uthappa, such players should get a chance from the BCCI to play in two overseas franchise leagues, where they can perform well and make their India comeback,” Raina was quoted as saying during the chat.
Raina had also given the example of other overseas players, who successfully play in International and franchise cricket simultaneously. “These players are basically not picked in international and IPL mostly, so they can play overseas leagues like CPL and BBL. All the overseas players get many chances to play all T20 leagues and get into their respective national teams. Such mindset should come in Indian cricket,” added the south-paw.