Former India Test skipper Anil Kumble wants more Indian cricketers to play in the franchise-based T20 leagues going over the globe. Recently, former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh signed for the Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada which Kumble feels will make way for the more Indian players to explore their options.

Yuvraj’s entry will make way for more Indians: Kumble

Veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh recently announced his retirement from international cricket to pave his way to play in the overseas T20 league. Soon after bidding goodbye, Toronto Nationals roped in Yuvraj for the Global T20 Canada. He will be the first Indian cricketer to play in the competition which will open the door for many Indian cricketers. Yuvraj presence in Canada will bolster the cricket in Canada. Yuvraj is likely to play in the upcoming Euro T20 Slam as well.

Yuvraj Singh. Credit: BCCI

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Anil Kumble stressed on the importance of playing in T20 leagues. He also admitted that it will not only boost the confidence of Indian cricketers but will also add to the league’s popularity globally. Kumble also added that more players will now get the NOC from BCCI to play in the foreign leagues.

“Yes, I feel that is something the BCCI will look at, but currently there are certain restrictions. But having said that, you know people like Yuvi have got the permission to go and play (in Global T20). So, I don’t see any issue if some of these players want to go and play, but the BCCI will have to give them NOC.,” Kumble said to NOC.

Anil Kumble. Credit: Twitter

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Furthermore, Anil Kumble revealed that having Indian cricketers will help the league grow as many Indians live in Canada. He also said that it will gain popularity all over the world, which will help to develop cricket in many new areas. Kumble recently associated himself with the Euro T20 Slam to assist in the growth of cricket in these regions.

“One is to get the experience of the player in the league and the second is the following that the Indian player has back home and that is massive. Any player from India gets massive support so, the following of the league and their heroes is massive,” Kumble concluded.