BCCI could allow Indian players in overseas T20 leagues

The women's cricketers have already made their way into foreign T20 events.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been apprehensive over sending the male cricketers to participate in overseas T20 events. Three female Indian cricketers in the form of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy have already taken part in the Women’s Big Bash League (BBL). However, the men’s contingent is yet to make their debut.

The BCCI has sited busy international schedules and domestic matches as reasons for the move. Nevertheless, they are gradually changing their stance on the matter which comes as a good news for the overseas franchises and the cricketers as well. The BCCI and the IPL Governing Council are contemplating over allowing the players in the near future as per reports in the Indian Express.

2022 or 2023?

“We have been having informal discussions on this. One school of thought is it will give players exposure and help upcoming players. It is still a long way ahead, but more and more boards are making noise on having Indian players in their leagues.

The BCCI wanted to keep the brand IPL intact, hence they were not allowed to participate in other leagues. But after 11 years, it shouldn’t have a problem,” a source said.

If the plans fall in place, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to introduce three windows for T20 tournaments, one each for the United Kingdom (UK), Asia, and the Caribbean and Southern Hemisphere in order for international matches to not clash with the T20 leagues.

The provision is expected to be implemented in 2022 or 2023. However, with talks in an advanced stage, it can also come to the fore earlier. The initiative can be a massive addition to Indian cricket as their players can ply their trade in alien conditions and get themselves groomed for challenges in the future.

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