BCCI's policy to not allow Indian cricketers to play in overseas leagues will not change for now: Arun Dhumal

IPL chairman Arun Dhumal stated that the Indian players will stay away from foreign leagues

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Arun Dhumal was appointed the new chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last month, succeeding Brijesh Patel. However, Dhumal shares the same stance as his predecessors, regarding the participation of Indian players in foreign leagues. The recently appointed IPL chairman stated it was a decision made by the BCCI for the 'overall well-being' of the players.

The apex cricketing body of India has faced backlash over their decision of not letting the Indian cricketers participate in other leagues. But the board is standing firm on their decision sighting the overall well-being of the players amid the hectic international schedule.

"This in principle is the decision of BCCI that our contracted players can't go and play for other leagues. As it is there is so much of cricket happening. Keeping in mind their overall well-being that decision has been taken. As of now we stick to that decision," Dhumal told NDTV in the latest interview.

Dhumal wishes to make the IPL the biggest sports league in the world

Speaking on the upcoming edition of the IPL, Dhumal is adamant on making it one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world. He hopes of making it more accessible to the fans who are present at the stadiums as well as watching from their homes. Planning the fixtures well ahead of the tournament remains a key component in attracting even more audiences from around the globe, according to the incumbent IPL chairman.

"The IPL will be much bigger than what it is and will be the number one sports league in the world. We are definitely looking at various innovations that can be brought to make it more fan-friendly. For those who are watching it on Tv and those who are experiencing it at the stadium, we want them to have a better experience. If we can make the IPL schedule well in advance, people from all around the world can plan their travel accordingly. It should be a value for money experience for the fans," he added.