new Delhi. Batsman Robin Uthappa says the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should allow Indian players to play in foreign T20 leagues. As per BCCI rules, no Indian player is allowed to play in foreign league. Earlier all-rounders Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan also said that non-contracted players should be allowed to play in foreign T20 tournaments.
Uthappa told the BBC, “We should be allowed to play in foreign leagues. We feel bad when we are not allowed to play in foreign leagues. If we are allowed to play in some leagues then it will be good for the players because it is very important for a player to know more and more about the game. ”
Indian women cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur play in the Women’s Big Bash League of Australia and the Super League of England but it is not allowed for male cricketers. In 2017, it was reported that Yusuf Pathan has been allowed to play in the Hong Kong Blitz tournament but was later denied.
Uthappa, however, has high hopes from BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly and believes that he will take a decision on this in the interest of the players. Uthappa said that “Ganguly is a forward-thinking person and he is a man who takes India cricket to the next level.” I hope he will decide on this. ” Earlier, Raina and Irrfan also said that players who are not included in the national contract should be allowed to play in foreign T20 leagues.
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