In the absence of cricketing action, players have resorted to interaction on social media, talking about their glories of the past.
These conversations between ex-cricketers and out-of-favour internationals have opened a can of worms, which has eventually led to the conclusion of BCCI not taking care of their legendary cricketers.
In the recent conversation between former Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan, the two talked about BCCI not allowing its players, in the twilight of their careers, to participate in foreign T20 leagues.
A BCCI official has finally responded to the criticism saying that cricketers approaching retirement often look to further their interest and it is natural.
“One usually finds these views emanating from those who can see the wall of retirement approaching and it’s only natural. That’s their view. It’s the luxury of having the freedom of a tunnel vision with a view to further their own interests and that’s absolutely fine,” an anonymous BCCI official told IANS.
According to the official, BCCI does not allow its players to participate in foreign leagues to promote exclusivity during the IPL auctions.
“From the point of view of the Board and the interests of Indian cricket, the intent is to ensure a system where the non-contracted players are able to command good value at the IPL auction. Exclusivity is the key,” the official said.
Presently, Raina is not centrally contracted with BCCI and last featured in the T20I series against England in 2018.
“I wish BCCI plans something with ICC or the franchises that Indian players get to play foreign leagues. At least allow us to play in two different foreign leagues,” Raina told Pathan during an Instagram Live session.
Raina last played competitive cricket during the 2019 edition of the IPL. It was only recently that MSK revealed Raina’s average performances in domestic cricket as the reason for not being included in the national setup.
“If we play quality cricket in terms of foreign leagues, then it would be good for us. All international players make a comeback by playing in all those leagues,” Raina added.