Several decisions were taken in the BCCI Apex Council meeting yesterday. While on one hand some changes were made in the Impact Player rule for the upcoming season of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, on the other hand there was discussion about Indian players playing in foreign T20 leagues. Not only this, the participation of the Indian cricket team in the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China and the upgradation of the stadium before the World Cup were also decided.

BCCI will bring policy for retired cricketers!

For some time, there has been a lot of demand for Indian players to play in foreign T20 leagues. However there is a strict ban on current players while some retired cricketers are playing in foreign leagues. Now BCCI has announced a policy for its retired players to participate in foreign T20 leagues. The reason for bringing this police is that good players do not retire prematurely due to good offers from foreign leagues.

Decision can be taken in a month or two

This currency is very much in trend abroad and many cricketers are deciding to leave international cricket for league cricket. In such a situation, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah has said that we will bring a policy to stop any such retirement. Once the policy is finalized in a month or two, we will send it back to the Apex Council for approval.

Only retired players can play in foreign T20 leagues

At present only those Indian players who have announced their retirement from international and IPL can play in overseas T20 leagues. But the number of players retiring has increased and now they are not even playing in IPL. All these retired players are participating in foreign T20 leagues. This has angered the BCCI officials.

These players are playing in foreign T20 leagues

Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Sreesanth and Stuart Binny will be seen playing in the Gym Afro T10 League. Ambati Rayudu will be a part of Major League Cricket in USA. Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan were included in the ILT20 at the beginning of the year. Many of these players have been stars of Indian cricket. In such a situation, by feeding these players in other leagues, sponsors can be attracted towards foreign leagues and BCCI does not want this. However, the board also says that they do not want to let the talent go to waste. That is why he is also going to bring a policy for retired players so that they too avoid playing in foreign leagues.

BCCI may ask for NOC

“It is not that easy to force retired players to keep quiet as they are not under contract,” said a player on condition of anonymity. It is being said that the board will take legal opinion on this. BCCI may also ask retired players to take NOC (No Objection Certificate), for which the guidelines are yet to be decided.

Rahul Dev

Cricket Jounralist at Newsdesk

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