After Irfan Pathan and Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa has voiced his opinion and has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow Indian players to participate in T20 leagues overseas.
The Indian board has barred its male players from participating in T20 leagues around the world, and they can only take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Former Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Uthappa has come forward and requested the BCCI to lift the restrictions so that the Indian players who are no longer in the fray for an India selection can “learn and grow” and have the opportunity to play competitive cricket.
“Please let us go, honest to God. It does hurt when we’re not allowed to go and play … It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can,” Uthappa told the BBC.
The BCCI’s policies have meant that tournaments like the Big Bash League, the Caribbean Premier League, the T20 Blast or the upcoming The Hundred in England see no Indian participation.
Yuvraj Singh was given the permission to play in the Canada T20 League, but only after he retired from the BCCI, which meant that he could not even play the IPL.
With the IPL offering a financial cushion to the players, not every cricketer can afford to skip the tournament and play overseas. Uthappa, thus, pleaded with Sourav Ganguly and hoped his progressive outlook could help the aging players.
“Ganguly is a very progressive thinking human being, someone who has always looked to take India to the next level. He actually laid the foundation for where India cricket is now. We’re hoping that he will look at this at some point,” said Uthappa.