To garner more fire power, Bangladesh Premier League hoped that they could invite Indian players to participate in the league. However, BCCI do not allow Indian players to play in overseas leagues due to various factors.
“We proposed to bring in Indian players who are outside the contract of their board. They can play in principle. 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,” Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Saturday.
Former India cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan had registered to play in Hundred(England) and Caribbean Premier League(West Indies), but they had to withdraw their name as they have still not retired officially. Pathan now plays for Jammu and Kashmir in domestic cricket but mostly spends his time in the commentary box, he is also short of a team in IPL. Harbhajan only plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL and is becoming an active commentator.
Recently, Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony had registered to play in Global T20 Canada but they got a ‘No Objection Certificate’ to play in the Canad based league as they had retired and were not considered as an active cricketer.
BPL draft revealed on Sunday
In a first of its kind, three Indian players- Manvinder Bisla, Manpreet Gony and Kumar Boresa were registered amonngst 493 foreign cricketers in the draft. Gony has vast experience of playing for IPL teams like Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. He is also a former India International with two appearances in ODIs in 2008.
Manvinder Bisla is known for his aggressive style of batting and has featured for IPL teams like Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumar Boresa, 24, has featured for Rajasthan Royals in the past.
The BPL draft features 95 English, 89 Pakistani and 44 Sri Lankan cricketers.