ICC contemplating over limiting players to one overseas T20 league

ICC contemplating over limiting players to one overseas T20 league

The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Brendon McCullum and many have been seen wielding their magic across the world.

Kane Williamson & MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Over the years, the T20 format has grown in stature and several players ply their trade in domestic tournaments across the globe. The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum and a number of cricketers have been seen wielding their magic around the world. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is pondering over limiting them to playing one overseas event apart from their home event.

The policy is expected to be formulated in ICC’s annual conference in Dublin next week. The decision came in light of the complaints by major boards that their players are preferring overseas events like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Big Bash League (BBL) etc to international matches as per reports in Mumbai Mirror.

“It will not have any impact on the BCCI or the IPL”- BCCI official

“It’s the first meeting (the ICC annual conference) but it’s ensuring that all of the domestic leagues popping up have minimum standards around governance/anti-corruption/paying players etc. Besides, the leagues don’t compromise players playing international cricket,” a source with knowledge of the developments updated about the same.

“They may also consider limiting the number of overseas leagues that players can play in but also ensuring that they’re appropriately rewarded for international cricket. A whole host of things to consider. But it will not have any impact on the BCCI or the IPL as the new rules will not be violative of the BCCI policy on T20 tournament,” a BCCI official mentioned while talking about the impact it can create on one of the most popular events.

The move was first put forth by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as most of its players represent a number of T20 extravaganza. However, the need for the same has been felt by many cricket boards. England’s T20 Blast and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) are the upcoming T20 tournaments.

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