The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t allow Indian players to feature in overseas T20 leagues and South Africa’s veteran batter AB de Villiers believes that the BCCI won’t change it’s stance in the foreseeable future.
AB de Villiers said that the BCCI wants the Indian team to win World Cups and hence we might not see Indian players in foreign leagues at least in the near future.
Don’t know if Indian players will ever feature in foreign leagues, says de Villiers
It’s a very well established fact that Indian players don’t feature in foreign T20 leagues despite being approached multiple times. The BCCI has always remained firm at it’s stance of not allowing Indian players to play in different leagues across the world and remain fit for the national commitments.
Former South African batter AB de Villiers was asked whether he would like to see Indian players competing in leagues like SA20 and AB de Villiers didn’t look very optimistic about the possibility of seeing Indian players in foreign leagues.
“I would love to see it happening very soon but you don’t see Indian players being released for leagues around the world. So I don’t know if that will ever change. And rightfully so. I mean, the BCCI has a very clear plan with the players, they want to win World Cups,” AB de Villiers told PTI.
“They want to make sure the players have the exposure they need and obviously there’s no league better than than the IPL. Once some of the leagues maybe knock on their door, you never know,” the veteran batter further added.
Right since the global cricket leagues have emerged onto the scene, Indian players haven’t got permission from the BCCI to be part of such competitive leagues as the BCCI believes players get enough exposure to league cricket during the IPL season.
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BCCI’s firm stand also helps in keeping marquee players fit for crucial ICC events as the board believes winning ICC events should be the topmost priority. Keeping players away from these highly intense global leagues also helps the BCCI in work load management of the key Indian players.