Suresh Raina, a former World Cup winner but currently out-of-favor Indian all-rounder- has clarified that earning money is not the objective or motive behind him raising a campaign for the allowance of Indian cricketers to participate in the foreign franchise tournaments.
Raina and other former Indian cricketers have been raising their voice against the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] policy that bars cricketers, who haven’t retired, from participating in foreign leagues.
According to the current laws of the BCCI, any cricketer that wishes to play in foreign leagues will have to take retirement from Indian cricket which includes domestic cricket and the IPL.
‘I am happy with the money I have’- Suresh Raina
Raina recently appeared on Aakash Chopra’s Youtube channel where he clarified that his stance is purely motivated by the need for exposure and experience of playing in different conditions around the world which he and other non-contracted players will gain.
“It’s not about money. The money that we earn in IPL, we can’t get it anywhere. Even if we play foreign leagues for 10 years, we won’t be able to earn that much. The thing is when cricket (IPL) is over, players who aren’t contracted….give them a chance. We want to play one league or two leagues. We just want to play. Ranji Trophy’s standard isn’t of that quality now,” Suresh Raina told Aakash Chopra.
“We need match practice. If we sit at home for two months….even if we play domestic cricket..you won’t have that confidence. We want to play quality cricket. I am not playing for money. I am happy with the money I have,” Raina added.
Last year, Yuvraj Singh retired from Indian cricket in order to play foreign T20 tournaments. Harbhajan Singh, on the other hand, was forced to withdraw his name from ‘The Hundred’ draft while Pravin Tambe was suspended from the 2020 IPL after it emerged that he had participated in the T10 league in UAE.