Despite India’s failure at big stages of the ICC T20 World Cup, the ex-Indian cricketers see no reason why the current squad should feature in the various T20 leagues across the world other than the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Finding IPL as the cricket giant alongside being the cash-richest T20 tournament, many Indian cricketers have opined that there is no point why the lads should participate in other leagues when they have the best of all.
After MS Dhoni’s leadership, the men in blue are yet to win an ICC trophy. Given that the IPL began in 2008, India have managed only one ODI World Cup and a Champions Trophy. Where cricket experts now raise the point that India are yet to lift the T20 World Cup since the beginning of IPL, the ex-Indian cricketers come to support their league.
Despite their assumption to term IPL as the biggest of all, it is apparent that India has been struggling to clutch ICC trophies since they last managed ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 under MS Dhoni, Whereas they last won a T20 World Cup in 2017 and ODI World Cup in 2011.
Ex-Indian cricketers do not want current Indian cricketers to play other T20 leagues than IPL
Many cricket experts argue that Indian cricketers might get exposure to different conditions once they play across various T20 tournaments. Zaheer Khan and Ravi Shastri are two of them who see no point in why Indian cricketers should be allowed to play T20 leagues across the world.
“we should focus on our country rather than looking outside”.
In an interaction facilitated by Prime Video ahead of Ind vs NZ 1st T20I in Wellington, Zaheer said,
“I feel there are a lot of processes in place. It’s not about playing only franchise cricket; it’s about going to different countries to learn things. That is something which is important, and you’ve seen with BCCI, with their shadow tours; I think those processes are well in place,”
He further said that Indian cricketers should not be dependent on others (T20 leagues) and better rely on and utilize their own domestic cricket.
“I don’t see any other reason right now for players to go and play in a particular tournament. What you have domestically right now is also a robust structure. So why depend on others? We have more than enough means to produce good players. And you look at our bench strength as well, you can virtually play three line-ups, and they will be able to compete at any level.”
Shastri is also in the same boat as of Zaheer and was quoted as saying,
“There is enough domestic cricket for all these players to get absorbed in the system and get an opportunity. Plus, you get these India A tours, you get a lot of these other tours, where at one given time you might have two Indian teams playing in the future, where the opportunity will come for the other lot to go somewhere else whilst India is in another country – to go play and see what you know they can do.
“So there’s no need [to play in overseas leagues], they’re absolutely fine playing IPL cricket and focusing on domestic cricket. We need them to play domestic cricket in India as well.”
It is pertinent to mention that where players from all over the world enjoy the perks of experience and monetary benefits while playing in big T20 leagues such as PSL, BBL, BPL, and others, Indians are only limited to the IPL. So far, they are yet to see the fruit of IPL in furnishing the base of their T20 cricket.
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