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BCCI likely to allow Indian players to play in foreign T20 leagues

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to allow its players to participate in foreign T20 leagues. They were prohibited to take part in leagues other than IPL.

According to reports, after years of prohibition, the local cricket governing body is finally willing to the notion of allowing their players to play in foreign T20 leagues.

Six IPL franchises recently purchased New CSA T20 league teams. Additionally, the BCCI is now considering letting Indian players play in international franchise leagues after pressure from the IPL teams. A decision will be made in its entirety at its annual general meeting in September.

Speaking to InsideSport, a senior BCCI official said:

“Few IPL teams with a presence in leagues abroad have requested the BCCI to allow Indian players. But we have to discuss this at the AGM before coming to any conclusion. It is a contentious issue as IPL is successful because of the exclusivity it provides. Definitely, we won’t lose that. As for Indian players playing abroad, it may happen due to the growing number of franchise leagues.”

However, high-profile Indian internationals or players who are centrally contracted will not be allowed to play in overseas competitions, even if the BCCI provides the go-ahead for Indian cricketers to participate.

Therefore, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Rishab Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, or others will not participate in the Pakistan Super League, Big Bash League, The Hundred, Lanka Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, or the Caribbean Premier League.

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