Robin Uthappa Urges BCCI To Allow Indians To Play In Foreign T20 Leagues

Robin Uthappa has aligned with Suresh Raina’s opinion and urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow the non-contracted players to participate in foreign Twenty20 leagues. Robin Uthappa, during a BBC podcast ‘The Doosra’, said that it hurts when the board bars them for participating in overseas tournaments. “Please let us go, honest to god please let us go. Because sometimes, you’ve played for so long at a certain level and then when you have to comeback and play first-class cricket, it takes a little time to get used to it,” Uthappa said.

“It does hurt when we are not allowed to go and play other leagues in the world.”

Uthappa further said that playing first-class cricket can be mentally frustrating and one needs to find ways to motivate themselves to play again at this level.

“It would be so nice if we could go and play at least a couple of others because as a student of the game you want to learn and grow as much as you can,” Uthappa added.

Recently, during an Instagram live chat Suresh Raina had told Irfan Pathan that players like himself, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan who are not centrally contracted by the BCCI should be allowed to play at least two T20 leagues.

“I wish the BCCI plans something with ICC or with franchises that those players who are not on a BCCI contract, they should be allowed to feature in foreign leagues. I think there are a lot of quality players who can learn from this exposure,” Raina had told Irfan Pathan.

Uthappa, 34, would have been busy representing Rajasthan Royals in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League but the lucrative league was postponed indefinitely by the BCCI due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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