International Cricket Council (ICC) is going to limit cricketers from playing in more than two T20 league apart from their home leagues. ICC does not want too many T20 tournaments around the world to spoil the game of cricket. In their annual conference at Dublin next week, the constructive body will formulate a policy in which a cricketer cannot be allowed to take part in more than two T20 leagues.
The decision comes after many cricket boards of the world complained that their players ignore national duties and prefer playing in the franchise based T20 tournaments like Indian Premier League, Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League.
Recently, South African legend Ab De Villers has taken retirement from International cricket to focus more on T20 domestic leagues to sort out his financial problems. This step had allready created alot of buzz against t20 tournaments.
The new policies will not affect the IPL and Indian cricketers, which means the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not be forced to spare its players for other leagues.
According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, some big International IPL star cricketers Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, de Villiers, Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, David Warner will have one option left, if they choose to play in Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It’s the first meeting (the ICC annual conference) but it’s ensuring that all of the domestic leagues popping up have minimum standards around governance/anti-corruption/paying players etc. Besides, the leagues don’t compromise players playing international cricket.
“They may also consider limiting the number of overseas leagues that players can play in but also ensuring that they’re appropriately rewarded for international cricket. A whole host of things to consider.”
“But it will not have any impact on the BCCI or the IPL as the new rules will not be violative of the BCCI policy on T20 tournaments,” the BCCI official said.
The step was initiated by Windies Cricket Board (WICB) as most of their players take part in domestic T20 leagues all over the world.