The BCCI confirms that no active Indian cricketers can participate in any other overseas T20 leagues including Saudi Arabia’s T20 League. The relationship between India and Saudi Arabia is getting diluted as we can see “Visit Saudi” is one of the major banners in IPL. Also, Saudi oil giant Aramco has sponsorships of the ICC and BCCI.
Saudi Arabia is going to conduct one of the richest T20 leagues in the world. Reportedly, they have reached out to some of the IPL franchises to buy teams in the tournament.
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A few IPL franchises have already participated in overseas T20 leagues from UAE, South Africa, the USA, and the Caribbean. Though some of the fans thought that the Indian players will also take a part in the competition, BCCI had made it clear that they don’t allow any active Indian player to participate in Saudi Arabia’s T20 league.
The BCCI officials told to The Indian Express:
“No current Indian players will be taking part in any of the leagues, but as far as franchise participation is concerned, we can’t stop them, a top BCCI official told The Indian Express. “It’s their individual decision. We have seen IPL franchises going to South Africa or Dubai and we can’t say no. It’s their choice to have their team in any of the leagues around the world.”
BCCI told retired Indian player can take part in Saudi Arabia’s T20 league
BCCI though clarified to the media that no active Indian cricketers will be a part of any overseas T20 leagues, but retired Indian players can play those leagues. In earlier times, players like Raina, Yusuf Pathan, and Uthappa took a part in the Abu Dhabi T10 League and other International T20 League.
Also, some of the other Indian retired players participated in other overseas leagues. And it is going to be more exciting if those players take a part in Saudi Arabia’s T20 league.