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Why Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in foreign leagues?

By Rohit - November 12, 2022 - Last updated on Nov 13, 2022 12:31 AM
Why Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in foreign leagues?

The BCCI is the undisputed king of cricket, accounting for more than 60% of the ICCs revenue. The Indian market is as profitable as it gets in every industry, whether it is IT, e-commerce, or social media. Its like a diamond mine in cricket. The Indian public adores the game known as cricket. The craze is such that anyone who claims to not know Dhoni or Virat Kohli is labelled a traitor or stupid.

Every country wants to play a series against India in order to generate revenue. Because of the Indian teams strong performances around the world, particularly in the shorter formats, the team attracts a large number of spectators from other countries.

Why Indian Players only play IPL? The IPL is a world-renowned league, and every player wants a piece of it because he can earn a lot of money in just two months. No other league pays a higher salary to a player for such a short period of time.

The success of the IPL has led to franchise owners entering other leagues, and the upcoming CSA T20 league is set to be an all-India affair. The six teams in the IPL, which is set to begin next year, are owned by the IPL team owners. The owners of IPL teams have also established themselves in other leagues.

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The BCCI was initially sceptical of T20s success in India, but after the Indian team won World T20 in 2007, it recognised its value and launched the IPL in 2008. From the first edition onwards, the IPL has grown in terms of revenue and spectator count. Despite allegations of match fixing and the suspension of two of its most popular teams, the IPL brand has grown steadily.

Following the success of the IPL, many countries established their own leagues, but they are nowhere near as popular as the IPL. This can be attributed to three main reasons:

  1. The most famous Indian players in the world do not play in any other league than the IPL.
  2. Crickets popularity in any country pales in comparison to Indias.
  3. India has a large talent pool to choose from due to its large population.

Why BCCI doesnt allow Indian Cricketers to play in foreign leagues?

Dr Harry Harinath, a former director of Cricket Australia (CA), called on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials to release Indian players for the Big Bash League (BBL) around 2010. CA intended to have at least one Indian cricketer in each BBL franchise.

Dr Harinath, a former chairman of New South Wales Cricket, had even gone so far as to request Rohit Sharma for the Sydney Thunders team. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he once said, "If you (recruited) two Indian and two Sri Lankan players itd be fantastic for the Sydney Thunder. No matter who they signed -- MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma or whoever -- it doesnt really matter, itd do wonders for them."

The BCCI anticipated the looming reality of allowing Indian players to compete in the BBL, or any other foreign league for that matter. It believed that Indian participation in overseas leagues would result in more eyeballs in India and a higher media rights value. It would be a self-defeating move.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) founders then proposed that the BCCI pass a resolution prohibiting Indian players from playing in overseas leagues and prohibiting IPL franchises from playing friendly overseas games among themselves, a demand made by the teams at the time. Instead, the BCCI stated that the teams could play with the Associate countries.

Another reason is the issue of burnout. Indian players play a lot of cricket, especially in the shorter formats, which is extremely taxing on the body. This has already been raised by key players such as Virat Kohli. As a result, the BCCI wishes to protect its players from injury and burnout.

One reason is the players hectic schedules. International players must play a large number of international matches; domestic players must play a large number of domestic matches in addition to international matches (in case if they are selected). They must also meet the parameters in terms of potential and talent. They compete fiercely because they have difficult climatic conditions and hard pitches.

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