The BCCI is reportedly set to introduce a new law aimed at curbing the growing trend of Indian players retiring from international cricket and participating in lucrative overseas T20 leagues. The decision comes as the BCCI prepares for its apex council meeting on July 7, where various matters will be discussed ahead of the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023.
Led by former Indian cricketer Roger Binny, the BCCI is determined to address the issue of players prematurely hanging up their boots to pursue opportunities in foreign leagues. Ambati Rayudu’s recent retirement announcement followed by his participation in the MLC (Major League Cricket) has raised concerns within the Indian cricketing body.
Apart from Rayudu, other notable Indian players such as Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan have also been seen actively participating in overseas leagues. The BCCI, however, aims to put an end to this emerging trend and intends to enforce a new regulation that mandates retired players to undergo a cooling-off period before engaging in any other leagues.
The proposed law has drawn mixed reactions from stakeholders within the cricketing community. One franchise owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, expressed dissatisfaction with the speculated move, stating, “If the board imposes restrictions on players from participating in other leagues, it essentially means their playing careers would be over, as they would have to wait for a certain period after retirement.”
The BCCI’s decision to consider implementing this law is primarily driven by the desire to retain talented players within the domestic circuit for a more extended period. The board hopes that by discouraging early retirements and regulating player participation in foreign leagues, it can preserve the strength and depth of Indian cricket.
It is worth noting that the new regulation, if passed, could have significant implications for players who seek additional opportunities and exposure in lucrative T20 leagues across the globe. While the BCCI aims to safeguard its interests and prioritize the national team, it remains to be seen how this proposal will be received by players and cricket enthusiasts alike.
The final verdict on the matter will be revealed after the BCCI’s apex council meeting on July 7. As the ICC World Cup 2023 draws closer, the Indian cricketing fraternity eagerly anticipates the decisions and outcomes that will shape the future of Indian cricket.