Please let us go, honest to God: Uthappa urges BCCI to allow players in foreign leagues
India middle-order batsman Robin Uthappa feels that the cricket board should lift its ban on players competing in overseas Twenty20 leagues. Noticeably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) prohibited its men’s players from joining franchise leagues other than the Indian Premier League (IPL) only.
“Please let us go, honest to God,” Uthappa, who won the World T20 in 2007, told the BBC. “It does hurt when we’re not allowed to go and play.”
The BCCI prohibited them from playing mean Indian players cannot take part in appealing competitions such as Australia’s Big Bash League or the Caribbean Premier League. Moreover, no Indians have yet been signed for the new Hundred competition launched by England.
On the other hand, female players Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have played in the Women’s Big Bash in Australia and the Super League in UK.
“It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can,” said 34-year-old Uthappa, who has played in all 12 seasons of the IPL since it launched in 2008.
Before this statement came, India batsman Suresh Raina said the BCCI should change its rules on overseas T20 competitions earlier this month.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly took over as president of the BCCI in October 2019. Uthappa is hoping the board will now be open to change the rules.
“Ganguly is a very progressive thinking human being, someone who has always looked to take India to the next level. He actually laid the foundation for where India cricket is now,” said Uthappa.”We’re hoping that he will look at this at some point.”
This season’s IPL, due to run from 29 March until 24 May, was postponed because of the coronavirus health issues.