AB de Villiers believes that the Indian board is very strong and clear about its stance of keeping Indian players away from foreign leagues.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow Indian players to participate in T20 leagues abroad and veteran South African batsman AB de Villiers believes that the BCCI will not change its position to do so in the near future. .
AB de Villiers said that the BCCI wants the Indian team to win the World Cup and hence we cannot see at least Indian players in foreign leagues in the near future.
AB De Villiers says it is not known whether Indian players will ever compete in foreign leagues.
It is a very well established fact that Indian players do not join overseas T20 leagues despite being approached several times. The BCCI has always stood by its stand of not allowing Indian players to play in various leagues around the world and to remain fit for national commitments.
Former South African batsman AB de Villiers was asked whether he would like to see Indian players participating in leagues like SA20 and AB de Villiers was not very optimistic about the prospect of seeing Indian players in foreign leagues.
“I would love to see it happening very soon but you don’t see Indian players being released for leagues around the world. So I don’t know if that will ever change. And rightfully so. I mean, the BCCI has a very clear plan with the players, they want to win World Cups,” AB de Villiers told PTI.
“They want to make sure the players have the exposure they need and obviously there’s no league better than than the IPL. Once some of the leagues maybe knock on their door, you never know,” the veteran batter further added.
Ever since the global cricket leagues emerged, Indian players have not been allowed by the BCCI to be a part of such competitive leagues as the BCCI believes that players will not have enough time in league cricket during the IPL season. ,
BCCI’s strong stand also helps in keeping marquee players fit for important ICC events as the board believes that winning ICC competitions should be the top priority. Keeping players away from these high-intensity global leagues also helps the BCCI manage the workload of leading Indian players.