A BCCI official has dismissed all-rounder Suresh Raina’s recent suggestion that non-contracted Indian players should be allowed to participate in overseas T20 leagues.
The 33-year-old, who has fallen out of favour for the Indian national squads, called upon the governing body to allow players – who don’t have central contracts – to gain some international experience to improve the standard among Indian players in the shortest format.
BCCI rules only provide permission for first-class and List A competitions in other countries, while involvement in T20 leagues are strictly prohibited.
The official, in an interview with Indo-Asian News Service, dismissed Raina’s suggestions by saying the continued attraction of the IPL should provide enough reason for players to remain in India and fight for contracts in the flagship event.
‘One usually finds these views emanating from those who can see the wall of retirement approaching, and it’s only natural. That’s their view. It’s the luxury of having the freedom of tunnel vision with a view to further their own interests, and that’s absolutely fine.
‘From the point of view of the board and the interests of Indian cricket, the intent is to ensure a system where the non-contracted players are able to command good value at the IPL auction. Exclusivity is the key.’
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