Hyderabad: The clamour from Indian cricketers to allow them to play in foreign leagues has been growing of late. The recent to join the chorus is former Indian opener Robin Uthappa who expressed his wish during a BBC podcast urging the BCCI to let players, at least the non-contracted players, to play in a couple of foreign leagues.
“I am standing in front of the BCCI like this (hands folded and pleading) saying ‘please let us go! Please let us go, honest to god.’ It does hurt when we’re not allowed to go and play. It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others (white-ball leagues) because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can,” Uthappa said in the video. “Sometimes… I don’t know if this is the wrong thing to say… I feel defeated at times because I’m denied the opportunity to learn and grow and maximise my skills as an athlete, as a cricketer. I truly hope the BCCI will come around and allow at least non-contracted players an opportunity to play a couple of leagues.”
BCCI, in a recent response, said that not allowing Indians in foreign leagues is to preserve the exclusivity to IPL. However, retired Indian players like Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh were let to play in T10 League. Last year, Harbhajan Singh signed up for the draft of The Hundred but eventually pulled out in order to just continue playing in the IPL.
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