Suresh Raina, the Indian batsman wants the Indian cricket board to allow their cricketers who do not have contracts with the board to take part in an overseas league. Raina spoke for a number of talented cricketers who just play in the domestic circuit in India.
Suresh Raina suggests
According to the current guidelines of the BCCI, the Indian male cricketers are restricted from participating in foreign league no matter if they have a national contract or not. The players who are not even close to national selection are bound to follow this as well if they come under the BCCI. Now, these guidelines are applicable also for them who might not have any chance left to be selected in the national side or who do not have an IPL contract. So according to the rules, these players can only play domestic cricket in India. Suresh Raina in a recent interview on cricket.com.au raised the concern, “I hope the BCCI can get together with the ICC or with franchises and allow players who don’t have BCCI contracts to play in overseas leagues.”
He named a few such cricketers and said, “Yusuf (Pathan), myself, Robin Uthappa – a lot of quality players (could) … go overseas and learn a lot. We aren’t in the BCCI contracts list, some of us don’t have IPL contracts. “We aren’t playing international cricket, and the competition in domestic cricket isn’t what it is at the international level.”
BCCI official dismisses
A BCCI official responded to Raina’s demand and said, “One usually finds these views emanating from those who can see the wall of retirement approaching and it’s only natural. That’s their view. It’s the luxury of having the freedom of a tunnel vision with a view to further their own interests and that’s absolutely fine.”
He explained the point of view of the board and added, “From the point of view of the board and the interests of Indian cricket, the intent is to ensure a system where the non-contracted players are able to command good value at the IPL auction. Exclusivity is the key.”