Reports: Bengal withdraw from Namibia T20 tournament after BCCI thumbs down

Bengal was supposed to be led by Abhimanyu Easwaran in the Namibia tournament.

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It has been reported that Bengal have withdrawn from the Global T20 Namibia tournament after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) denied them permission to take part in it. The reason behind the same is believed to be BCCI’s strong stand against the Indian players participating in overseas T20 tournaments.

It is to be noted that while foreign cricketers have been allowed by their respective national cricket boards to play franchise leagues across the globe, the same luxury is not enjoyed by the players of the Indian men’s team as they only play in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL).

There seems to be a problem because of the format: CAB functionary

“There seems to be a problem because of the format, it appears that had it not been T20s, there wouldn’t be an issue,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) functionary told ESPNcricinfo.

Coming back to the Global T20 Namibia, Bengal were expected to face off against the likes of Namibia, a representative team from the Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s Lahore Qalandars and a South African domestic team. The four-team tournament was scheduled to take place from September 1 to 9 in Windhoek. However, since Bengal have withdrawn from the competition, the duration of the event might be shortened.

Bengal was to be led by Abhimanyu Easwaran and other prominent players named in the 16-member squad including the likes of Akash Deep, Mukesh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Writtick Chatterjee, etc. The squad was announced by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on July 22.

Nonetheless, Namibia would be hoping to make the most of their opportunities in this tournament as they start their preparations for the T20 World Cup 2022, which is slated to be held in over a couple of months’ time in Australia. They had made the Super 12 in the last edition in the UAE.