Sunil Gavaskar reacts on allowing Indian players for T20 leagues
The number of domestic T20 leagues have been gradually increasing. T20 leagues in India, Australia, Pakistan and West Indies are the biggest source of entertainment for the fans.
Seeing the popularity and effect of T20 leagues in these countries, other cricketing boards are trying to adapt the same. Recently, Cricket South Africa and UAE have begun their own T20 leagues. It is a great opportunity for the players around the world to show their skills in these leagues and impress their respective cricketing board selectors. In this way, they can earn additional payment too.
However, Indian cricketers are not allowed to participate in other T20 leagues. Former India’s opener Sunil Gavaskar has written upon the unavailability of Indian cricketers in other nations League. Gavaskar wrote that Some overseas former players have said that the Indian players should be allowed to play the Big Bash or the Hundred. Basically, they want their leagues to have more sponsorship etc. They are concerned about their cricket, which is totally understandable.
The composition of the teams in these two new leagues is mainly the franchises that have teams in the IPL and hence the media in the ‘old powers’ has started blaming the IPL. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has nothing to do with these leagues but in all probability may allow some Indian players to play there. Of course, India will be playing international matches during this time and the cream of talent in Indian cricket will be playing for India and not in these leagues. Their franchises, though, may want them to play the odd game if there is a gap between the international matches, Gavaskar further stated.
Gavaskar wants Indian players should be allowed to participate in foreign leagues such as UAE or SA T20 league as most of the franchises there are owned by Indian enterprises.