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ECB’s new tournament to start without any Indian stars

Eight different cities will have eight new franchises and the players will come from all around the world just like the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes
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England and Wales Cricket Board recently formalized the preparations of the tournament that will rival the BCCI’s Indian Premier League and Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League.

Eight different cities will have eight new franchises and the players will come from all around the world just like the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League. However, the difference being, there won’t be many stars of the game who will play in this league.

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The visa structure of Great Britain is very tough and for staying for more than two months in England, it will be extremely hard for foreign players to get visas and play in the city-based league that inaugurates in 2020.

While the Indian players face different crisis altogether. The Board of the Indian cricket, BCCI decides in which leagues the players play and in which league they don’t. However, this has to be limited to the centrally contracted players but the web spreads wider than that and BCCI has a say on all of it players.

A source close to Daily Mail revealed the same, he said that things might change in the coming three years before the first edition of the still name less tournament. The source said, “Things can change in three years but as things stand it appears Indian players won’t be involved.”

The stars like Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Suresh Raina won’t be able to play in this league until and unless BCCI allows them to. Hence the league will have lesser stars.

The other foreign players also might suffer as to get a work permit in England is extremely difficult, this problem is not only faced by the cricketers but also by the footballers from various South American countries. Clubs try extremely hard but it is a long and tedious process which sometimes halts the players move from one club to the other.

If the same continues, there will be lesser stars in the tournament and it might turn out to be another domestic competition.

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