BCCI to Review Retired Players’ Participation in Overseas T20 Leagues

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BCCI is set to review its existing policy on the participation of retired players in overseas T20 leagues at its Apex Council meeting on July 7.

BCCI to Review Retired Players’ Participation in Overseas T20 Leagues

As per BCCI’s current policy, a BCCI-registered player is allowed to compete in overseas T20 leagues only after he retires from international cricket and domestic cricket, including IPL.

The idea could be to ensure that the standard of Indian domestic cricket doesn’t destroy further as the introduction of new T20 franchise crickets might lead to a lot of premature retirements among the cricketers.

The BCCI has chosen to prevent its active players from taking part in other T20 leagues and with the latest development, it can also put a clause on the participation of retired players. As per the agenda for the meeting, the “policy for retired players for participation in overseas” will be discussed.

Many retired Indian cricketers show interest in participating in foreign leagues and some also feature in the same. Former Indian cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa played in the ILT20 league last year.

Recently, Ambati Rayudu, who retired from the IPL after playing a hand in CSK’s 5th title shot last month, will now be seen playing for Texas Super Kings in the inaugural Major League Cricket (MLC) scheduled in the United States of America in July.

Apart from reviewing retired players’ participation in overseas T20 leagues, the Playing conditions for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will be finalised as well.

“Playing conditions for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament (Impact Player Rule),” read another item on the agenda.

BCCI plans to update the Impact Player rules in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by incorporating clauses similar to those in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Initially, in the SMAT, an Impact Player could only be chosen before the 16th over, unlike the IPL where there were no restrictions. Additionally, the BCCI intends to allow teams to exchange their team sheets after the toss, similar to the IPL.

After Bjyu’s exit as merchandise sponsor, team India is in search of a jersey sponsor and moreover, the board is also without a broadcaster for the home season.

Notably, India played their WTC 2021-23 final game against Australia in Kia Oval, London earlier this month without any sponsor’s logo. Those two matters will also be deliberated upon in the meeting.

Rohit Sharma(Image: BCCI)

The other items on the meeting’s agenda include media and sponsorship rights, tour packages for the World Cup, stadium renovation, and the approval of player contracts for men and women.