Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer has opened up on the issue of the BCCI allowing Indian cricketers to play in the overseas T20 leagues. In recent times, renowned players like Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa has called for the BCCI to permit non-contracted men to feature in the foreign T20 tournaments. And Wasim Jaffer agrees with them too.
While other cricketing boards do not object and allow their players to play in other cricketing competitions, the BCCI does not do the same. Australian, English, South African, and other nation’s athletes ply their trades in IPL, BBL, CPL, and PSL almost throughout the year. It is widely speculated that the Indian cricket board does not allow their players due to risk of injuries and continuous international fixtures.
According to Wasim Jaffer, it makes complete sense to allow non-contracted Indian players to participate in overseas T20 leagues. The former first-class veteran opined that the BCCI could limit the partaking to one or two tournaments instead of not permitting to play nowhere other than IPL.
“It completely makes sense to me. If you are not one of the centrally contracted players then one should be allowed. The board can minimize and reduce it to one or two leagues in which the players can participate but not letting any Indian player play anything other than IPL is a bit strict in my opinion,” Wasim Jaffer said on the Sports Tiger’s show ‘Off the Field’
Wasim Jaffer sees no wrong in picking a player for white-ball cricket based on IPL performances:
Jaffer, who was a veteran of 31 Tests from 2000 to 2008, feels that performances in IPL should not be the benchmark to play Test cricket. On the other hand, Jaffer thinks that a player deserves a look-in for international cricket if he fares well in the cash-rich league.
“To pick a player in Test cricket because of his performances in the IPL is something which is wrong. I think if he performs well in IPL then maybe we can look at him in the white-ball format,” he added.