Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) could soon see Indian players participating in it if the BCCI accepts the proposal of their Bangladesh counterpart. The Indian cricket board does not allow its players to play in T20 leagues outside the country. Earlier this year, Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony had to announce their retirement in order to obtain the No Objection Certificate to play in Global Canada T20.
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Veteran cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan had also registered their names in the draft for the Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League respectively. However, they had to later pull out of the drafts since both are still active players and are yet to announce their retirement. But despite the BCCI’s clear stance over the matter, Bangladesh Cricket Board has given them a proposal to allow non-contracted players to play in BPL.
“We proposed to bring in Indian players who are outside the contract of their board. They can play in principle,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka late Saturday.
“I am not sure if we will get them in this BPL, but hopefully we will get them in future. Will try for them in this BPL too,” he added.
So far, three Indian cricketers — former IPL winner Manvinder Bisla, pacer Manpreet Gony and former Rajasthan Royals player Kumar Boresa — were named among 439 foreign players for a draft for the new season. The draft will officially be unveiled later on Sunday. Other foreigners in the mix include 95 English, 89 Pakistani, and 44 Sri Lankan players.
The BPL, which has been marred by several controversies in recent years, has been renamed the Bangabandhu BPL and will kick off on December 11.