BCCI official responds to Suresh Raina’s urge
On Saturday, India’s 2011 World Cup-winning batsman Suresh Raina called on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift its prohibition on cricketers playing in away Twenty20 leagues.
Now, a BCCI official has come out and explained why the country’s cricket board does not allow its local players to participate in the T20 tournaments abroad. As per him, the board always wants to keep the reputation of those cricketers that serves them in getting good value in IPL.
“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,” the BCCI official said as quoted by India Today.
Hinting Raina on the verge of his international cricketer career, the BCCI official also stated the fact that it is obvious to get such views from the cricketers when they are nearing the fag end of their international career.
“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 a tunnel vision with a view to further their own interests and that’s absolutely fine,” he added.
Earlier, during an Instagram chat with his former India team-mate, Irfan Pathan Raina said: “I hope the BCCI can get together with the ICC (International Cricket Council) or with franchises and allow players who don’t have BCCI contracts to play in overseas leagues.”