Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is off and running and so will be couple of more T20 franchise tournaments like Big Bash league (BBL) & Pakistan Super League (PSL) in next couple of month’s time. There’s a Global T20 league on the card too. There is plenty of T20 cricketing action going around throughout the year including IPL and CPL from April to August. There’s NatWest T20 blast in England at the same time. They keep cricketers from all around the world involved apart from Indians. Indian cricketers only play in IPL and don’t get allowance from BCCI to play in other leagues, off course with PSL, there’s something more than cricket stuffs and thus there is a debate surrounding them whether they should be allowed or not. In our view, they should be allowed and here are 5 reasons to support our opinion. However, all are subjective to player’s availability only.
1. Will give more options to selectors
Indian team in T20Is isn’t such a force which it is in ODI or tests. Although, they just won the series against NZ but there are still lot’s of areas of improvement, lot’s of questions to be answered and that’s why they don’t dominate the world cricket in T20. Allowing players to play in various T20 leagues will give selectors to test the skills of various players who are not in national setup and thus will give them more options in future.We have already found lots of talent from IPL.
2. Will help them keeping match fit
Although Indian cricketers play nonstop cricket and they literally ask for rest but there are only 15 players involved at a time during a series. Others playing BPL or Big bash would mean they are always match fit and can serve the national team in the best possible way whenever being called in the team instead of looking rusty. Practicing in nets and training at gym are completely different things than getting match practice. There’s no better preparation than that.
3. Will help them getting accustomed to different conditions
Many a times in past, Indian team has struggled to adjust to foreign conditions on a tour which has resulted in poor performance. Before every tour, they get some practice games to get adjusted to weather and pitch conditions and thus players playing for example NatWest T20 blast or global T20 league will only help the players to get used to English or South African conditions which will only better their performances. Also, many times we have seen Indian team getting troubled by new players, if they get allowance to play T20 leagues, players will gain enough experience by playing with and against different faces. We all know how the experience of playing IPL has helped overseas players to adjust their game in India and perform better.
4. Will help BCCI to generate more revenue
Indian players are the most followed and popular cricketers along the world and this is what has made the IPL most successful league but you can’t say the same thing about other leagues. Although, BBL is viewed by many in India but the involvement of Indian players will be massive boost to gain TV viewership. Imagine the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Virat Kohli playing in those leagues although, that will be subjective to their availability only but that’s a secondary thing here, the viewership is only expected to reach higher levels which will only help BCCI earning more revenue as they can claim a certain percentage of profit earned by TV channels.
5. Why stop players when they don’t get selected in national team
Our last reason is purely a counter but the question is valid. If the likes of Raina and Yuvraj who are gun T20 players are not considered for national team, there is no point halting their chances of playing franchise cricket. And not only them, there’s no point stopping any player from playing T20 leagues when he’s not playing for national team.