As per the norms of BCCI, Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in foreign T20 leagues. This fact is not unknown to any fantasy cricket lover. However, in the recent days many experienced and talented players have raised concerns against this rule. Especially the concerns are over the matter that the retired players should be given a chance to participate in the foreign T20 leagues as this can help in engaging the players and also be an attractive venture for the ones playing fantasy cricket in India.
As per the ongoing rule, if an Indian cricketer is participating in the Indian T20 premier leagues then there’s no way that the same person can play for another foreign T20 league. Absurd isn’t it! The players are required to take a NOC before they can go on and play other tournaments.
Amidst such strange laws, there’s a few who have managed to play in foreign leagues. Kudos to their thirst for doing something new, we can expect rules to change in the near future.
Once he retired from the Indian cricket team, this jewel of India immediately took a NOC from the BCCI and joined the Global T20 Canada Tournament to play for the Toronto Nationals. Undoubtedly a moment of pleasure for the fantasy cricket game lovers as they have lost all hopes of seeing their favorite Yuvi on field again! However, his passion for cricket once again stood strong against all odds. He also participated in the Abu Dhabi T10 League along with famous names like Malinga, Lynn and Bravo in the team of Maratha Arabians. Not only did he participate in the game but also won the tournament which added another achievement to his name.
Even before Yuvraj Singh, Murali Kartik, the former Indian cricketer made this bold move of participating in a foreign T20 league. This brilliant left arm spinner played for Middlesex Crusaders in T20 competition held in Stanford. Online fantasy game players might have also found his participation in games like English T20 and British-Asian Cup. His great show of 14 wickets in 11 matches helped Middlesex win the competition.
Another 2011 World cup winner, Zaheer Khan, followed the footsteps of Yuvraj Singh and announced early retirement from Indian cricket team in 2015. After that he was actively seen in Indian T20 leagues playing for Delhi’s team, however later he joined the Abu Dhabi T10 league in 2019. He played for the Delhi Bulls there. Although the team didn’t get much success, however the fans were enthralled to see his magnificent bowling skills.
Apart from these 3 Indian cricketers, there’s some more like Ramesh Powar, Virendra Sehwag, Manpreet Gony, Pravin Tambe who have also played for foreign T20 leagues in spite of the barriers and stringent regulations imposed by the BCCI. Giving a chance to the retired cricketers in foreign leagues will attract more Indian fantasy game players.
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