Why BCCI Doesn't Allow Indian Players To Play Other Tournaments
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Why BCCI Doesn't Allow Indian Players To Play Other Tournaments

India is one of the biggest cricketing nations in the world. BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is the head of Indian cricket team. It is also the creator of one of the world's biggest cricketing tournament, the Indian Premier League. IPL is considered as the most prestigious and wealthy T20 league. It's no surprise that players from all around the world come to join this massive festival of cricket each year. Many other countries have adopted their version of T20 leagues such as The Big Bash in Australia, The Srilankan Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, etc. There are a lot of similar things in all these leagues such as nail-biting finishes, entertainment, fresh talent. Making accurate cricket match predictions in any of these leagues is a tough ask, but one thing that you'll only find in IPL and nowhere else is Indian Players. Yes, that's right. Indian players do not participate in any of these leagues.

To participate in any league players have to take a "No Objection Certificate" from their respective boards. BCCI does not give the said NOC to any Indian player be it capped or uncapped. Some players signed up some contracts with foreign leagues such as Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan, but BCCI rejected their NOC and thus had to take back their names. While this might seem an arrogant step from BCCI, there are many reasons why BCCI doesn't allow Indian players to play abroad.

As we know that after the popularity of IPL, a large number of new T20 leagues emerged, but none of them could take the crown off IPL for being the best T20 league in the world. Now one of the reasons behind IPL's success is its popular Indian players. If BCCI allows Indian players to go and play in other leagues, it can result in IPL losing its charm as other leagues might try to lure Indian players by paying higher pay to them.

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Availability is another major issue as these leagues are organised around the year, so players' availability might become an issue when required for the national team. BCCI wants to ensure that all players are ready and available when they're required.

One of the main reason behind BCCI's refusal to give NOC to players is the money aspect. Players are assets to any cricket team. If BCCI allows players to play in different leagues, then the popularity of those leagues would increase. Still, the money that it generates would not come to BCCI as it's not the organiser of that particular league whereas if they play in IPL exclusively all the revenue that IPL generates would come to BCCI.

While BCCI is not going to be changing this decision anytime soon, there are always two sides of each coin. On the one hand, keeping the players to themselves makes them rich and popular, but on the other hand, the players lose a huge opportunity to earn good money and popularity. Players could experience cricket in different parts of the world, one of the most important learning experiences for cricketers.

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