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No harm in letting Indian cricketers play in foreign T20 leagues, say experts
Former cricket greats have criticized the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for denying permission to cricketers to play in domestic T20 leagues across the world.

The latest victim of such a policy was pacer Munaf Patel who was denied permission by the BCCI to play for Lancashire in the T20 domestic league in England, set to kick-start later the month.

Chetan Chauhan, former Indian cricketer, feels that this is not fair if one look from the player's side. “Indian players should be allowed to play in such leagues outside India as well,” he told this citizen journalist .

Chauhan said two factors should be taken care while permitting Indian players to play in these T20 leagues. “The thing is that the Indian players should not neglect their domestic cricket and Indian cricket, and also those T20 formats should not clash with the IPL,” Chauhan cautions.

“Looking into Patel's case, neither has the player neglected domestic cricket, as it is off season right now and the IPL is also well over. There is no harm if they want to play outside,” he adds.

This is not the first time that the BCCI has barred players from these leagues. Earlier, Indian players were not allowed to feature in the Sri Lankan Premier League in spite of the interest shown by them. The BCCI is also said to have informed the Caribbean Premier League, which is scheduled to start soon that the Indian players will not be part of the event.

Denying permission to Indian players sounds illogical in view of the fact that players from foreign lands come and play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), which not only makes them richer by few dollars but they also gain a good amount of experience by playing in India with some world class cricketers.

As a result, the foreign players become adept at playing in Indian conditions, which helps them as a player, when they tour India. Likewise, if Indian players are allowed to play in other countries, they will also learn to play in such conditions such as South Africa, Australia and England, where their performances are below average.

With the 2015 World Cup scheduled in Australia, it would have been wise on the part of the BCCI to let them play in such T20 tournaments. It will only help India perform better in the 2015 World Cup.

Lalchand Rajput, another former Indian cricketer believes the tight schedule of cricketers might have prompted the Indian board to take this decision. “There is domestic cricket, Indian cricket and IPL for Indian players. Hence, there is no rest for Indian cricket,” he says.

Rajput's point of view is supported by the fact that among all cricket playing nations, India play the most number of international matches.

“Indian players will get exposure in different wickets,” says Rajput, but on the flip side, “Too much of cricket might burn out Indian cricketers,” he cautions.

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