“Want their leagues to have more sponsorship”: Sunil Gavaskar On request to allow Indian players to compete in foreign leagues
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Franchise T20 tournament is a growing phenomenon in the world cricket village today. After the concept became a hit in countries like India, Australia, and the UK, even South Africa and the UAE have moved on with new franchise T20 tournaments of their own. The IPL franchise owner controls the majority of the teams in the two leagues. The abundance of cricket franchise means that players from all over the world are getting the chance to play in many lucrative T20 tournaments. However, active Indian players so far have not been allowed to compete in any foreign leagues.
Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar, in his column for Sportsstar, mentioned the problem of no Indian players in foreign leagues.
“Some ex-foreign players have said that Indian players should be allowed to play Big Bash or Hundred. Basically, they want their leagues to have more sponsorships etc. They are worried about their cricket. them, this is completely understandable,” Gavaskar wrote.
“But when Indian cricket wants to protect its cricket by ensuring that its players stay fresh for their matches and thus restricting them from playing abroad, it is not possible. acceptable to guys from ‘old power’ They are only talking about Indian players supplied to their country’s leagues but not support staff or others who can also do a job as great as the ticketing world has discovered over the last half a dozen years.”
He added that Indian players may be allowed to play in foreign leagues, especially in the UAE and SA T20 leagues, as majority of the teams there are owned by Indian businesses.
“Limits on how much players can earn and small variations like bonuses make larger fees and large prize money at UAE and South African leagues a more attractive proposition. “, he wrote.
“The composition of the teams in these two new leagues was mainly franchises that had teams in the IPL and so the media in the ‘old powers’ began to blame the IPL. Cricket Control Board in India has nothing to do with these tournaments but in all likelihood some Indian players can be allowed to play there. India’s cricket will play for India but not in these tournaments. However, their franchise, may want them to play odd if there is a gap between international matches.”
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