‘Exposure certainly helps’- Anil Kumble wants BCCI to allow Indian players to participate in foreign leagues

Team India made an exit from the semi-finals of the event at the hands of England.

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After the abrupt exit of team India from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, several debates right from demanding personnel changes to canceling the IPL to focus on international cricket have sparked off in the cricketing fraternity.

Former India skipper Anil Kumble is of the opinion that the BCCI must allow Indian players to play in foreign leagues to gain exposure. It must be noted that players like Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, and David Warner among many have played in leagues across the world, be it the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) or Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), which has helped them earn vital experience of playing in foreign conditions.

However, Indian players are not permitted by the BCCI to play in foreign leagues. Kumble voiced that young players participating in other leagues will help team India fight for the titles in ICC events.

"I think exposure certainly helps. We have seen that with the kind of development that it has had on Indian cricket. For example, the IPL, where overseas players come in and the kind of changes, we've had in Indian cricket has certainly helped,” Kumble was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"In terms of giving an opportunity to a young player to go overseas and have a crack, then why not? I think it's important that you need to have everything that you need to do that come 2024, you are well prepared to take on a World Cup event,” added Kumble.

The former cricketer also stated that the side requires to be more flexible with their batting approach in the big matches. "The other thing that I also feel that needs to come into this team is the flexible approach to batting or the batting order. Because in T20s, I certainly believe there is no fixed batting order. You have to be flexible in the way you are going to go about using your resources."