India should allow star players to take part in overseas T20 leagues for good of cricket: Aravinda de Silva

Aravinda de Silva acknowledged that the IPL and other T20 leagues have benefited cricket, but urged India to allow star players to take part in tournaments overseas.

Indian cricketers are allowed to play only in Indian Premier League (Courtesy by BCCI)

Indian cricketers are allowed to play only in Indian Premier League (Courtesy by BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India should allow star players to take part in T20 leagues: Aravinda de Silva
  • BCCI doesn’t allow its cricketers to feature in the foreign T20 leagues
  • Aravinda said India should enable smaller nations to share in the riches generated to grow the game

Former Sri Lanka captain Aravinda de Silva has urged India to allow star players to take part in overseas T20 leagues for the betterment of the game. Notably, BCCI is the only cricket board in the world that doesn’t allow its male cricketers to feature in the foreign T20 leagues.

BCCI have said that “exclusivity is the key”. The board believes that the non-contracted players are able to command good value at the IPL auction because of their exclusivity of not playing in other T20 leagues.

“It’s like the county cricket of those days which gave the English cricketers the advantage,” De Silva was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.

“The IPL, Big Bash or in England the Hundred and T20 Blitz, those are tournaments which allow players to develop.”

Aravinda said India should enable smaller nations to share in the riches generated to grow the game, raise global playing standards and improve skill levels, something that would ultimately benefit the IPL.

“If you have one dominating country, you can see from the IPL, they basically run a monopoly on the premier leagues because the Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in other leagues,” Aravinda said.

“So what will probably happen is that the standard — if it keeps dropping and if there is no real competition — at some point it’s going to affect the global game.

“Unless (India) find a way to support the other countries and get them up to grips with the kind of support levels which the game requires nowadays, it’s a negative for the cricket world.

“It’s the (world governing body) ICC’s responsibility to make sure that it’s done in a manner where these countries keep developing, otherwise we don’t want a situation like Zimbabwe and South Africa, how they dipped from their standard of cricket.”

Sri Lankan players have individually reaped rewards from the IPL. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.42 million and was the second-highest wicket-taker in this year’s 10-team tournament.

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