Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh said on Sunday that the BCCI should allow Indian players to participate in foreign leagues. Also, Harbhajan urged the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) to introduce a system/criteria through which players can apply for permission.
Harbhajan said on the official YouTube channel of former cricketer Aakash Chopra,
“I think BCCI should allow players to play in foreign leagues. You have to allow non-contracted players whom you are not looking to choose on the Indian side. You have to make a system that players who have played 50 Tests or are above 35 years will seek permission from the board,Advertisement
Earlier, all-rounder Suresh Raina and former fast bowler Irfan Pathan had also said that the BCCI should allow Indian players who have fewer chances to play international matches or have crossed the age of at least 30 years to play in foreign leagues.
The 39-year-old Harbhajan has played 103 Tests, 236 ODIs and 28 T20I matches for India. He took 294 wickets in limited-overs cricket. He played his last Test match against Sri Lanka in 2015 and also played his last ODI against South Africa in the same year.
Player deserved a better farewell
At the same time, Bhajji was last seen playing the T20I match for India against UAE in 2016. He has been running out of the team since then.
Harbhajan said that the players who have given everything to cricket deserve a better farewell and they hope that the young cricketers will not face such a situation.
“In the last ODI series that I played, I bagged six wickets despite we lose the series. After that, I never played for India. Things were not right for me and I will talk in detail in future. Players like Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman and many more deserved better farewell. If we do not respect our players nobody will respect them outside. Whatever happened to me, I hope that does not happen to anyone else.”
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