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Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim feels that BCCI made a very good decision of not allowing Indian players to participate in foreign T20 leagues. Karim also explained how the decision has helped Indian cricket over the years. BCCI organizes the biggest T20 tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) every year but does not allow its players to participate in the foreign T20 leagues.
If a player wants to participate in a foreign T20 league, he needs to get a NOC from BCCI for the same. However, other countries have not put similar restrictions on their players.
With the rise of T20 cricket, there are many T20 leagues that are organized in different cricket-playing nations. Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League (West Indies), Big Bash League (Australia), Sri Lanka Premier League, Pakistan Premier League are some of the examples.
Not Allowing Indian Players To Play In Foreign T20 Leagues Is A Good Decision: Saba Karim
During a YouTube chat with the channel IVM Podcasts, Saba Karim praised BCCI for keeping such a rule for Indian players. Karim feels if BCCI allows Indian players to take part in foreign T20 leagues, it will create a big vacuum in Indian cricket.
“In West Indies, players are allowed to take part in global T20 leagues. Almost every country allows it but not India. I think the BCCI has made a very good decision of not allowing Indian players to go to other countries and play T20 leagues. What it means is that players, whether they are from U-19 or Ranji Trophy or the U-23 level, have to stay in India and play cricket,” Saba Karim said.
“If you look at the domestic cricket tournaments held in India, apart from Ranji Trophy, we have multi-day formats at the U-23 and U-19 level as well. So, we are actually preparing multi-format players through these tournaments because these players get exposure to different types of cricket.
“If the BCCI allows our senior and junior players to go out and take part in global T20 leagues, then very few cricketers will be left to play domestic cricket. In that case, a big vacuum will be created in our cricket as well just like the case is with other countries,” Saba Karim further added.
Meanwhile, the second leg of IPL 2021 is set to commence next month in UAE. The second leg of IPL 2021 will kickstart on September 19 with the first game between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. IPL franchises have already begun preparations for the tournament, which will conclude with the final on October 15. Currently, Delhi Capitals holds the top spot in the points table with 12 points.