BCCI denies Harbhajan’s draft in The 100 tournament
According to the reports, Harbhajan Singh was one among the 165 overseas players to have registered for the inaugural draft of The Hundred-cricket tournament and is the only Indian player to make himself available for this event.
The report also went on to add saying that he entered with a reserve price of £100,000 (USD124,000). But he might have to retire from international cricket if he is picked up.
However, in shocking turn of events, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed to TOI that Harbhajan Singh has not officially entered the draft.
“Harbhajan has never sought a No Objection Certificate from the BCCI. He can’t just enroll his name in any league. It’s against the BCCI’s policy. The board has checked with him after the report surfaced and he has categorically denied any such development,” a top BCCI official on the condition of anonymity was quoted as saying by TOI on Thursday.
Harbhajan, who just turned 39, hasn’t called it quits from international cricket and is still a part of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. According to BCCI protocol, an active Indian player can’t sign up for other domestic leagues around the world at his own choice. Recently, Yuvraj Singh retired from all forms of cricket, including the lucrative IPL, in a bid to get clearance to showcase his mettle in the Global League T20 in Canada.
“Harbhajan is a seasoned campaigner. He won’t take such a drastic step without checking with the board. If he has plans, he will let the board know,” the official said.
The report also added that the off-spinner with 417 Test wickets has expressed his interest to play in the brand-new tournament which starts next July. There are possibilities that if he gets picked in the draft, he might just retire even before the next IPL.
(With inputs from TOI)