Suresh Raina, out of favour Indian Batsman, in an Instagram Session with his former teammate Irfan Pathan, has opined that the players who aren’t a part of BCCI’s central contract should be given permission of participating in foreign leagues. According to Raina, this will not only make domestic players financially stable but also boost the chances of making an international comeback.
“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.
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.
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Raina also gave 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.
Raina himself has not played any cricket since last year’s IPL. The south-paw has been out of the action for a long time due to the knee surgery. The left hander missed Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year and also opted out of Uttar Pradesh’s squad for the the Ranji Trophy.
Raina was all set to take the field again in IPL 2020, before the Covid-19 Pandemic postponed the tournament indefinitely. The Southpaw has been the back bone of Chennai Super Kings batting ever since his debut for the franchise.