“Never Had An Open And Honest Answer”: Adam Gilchrist On Indians Not Playing Foreign Leagues

Wicket-keeper legend Adam Gilchrist said on Thursday he wants India’s Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) to allow Indian cricketers to participate in T20 competitions outside the country. The BCCI is currently not allowing the Indian players to participate in overseas T20 competitions such as the Big Bash League in Australia in order to maintain the exclusivity of IPL. “It will be great (if the Indian players get to play in overseas T20 leagues), personally I feel it will not reduce the IPL, it will just grow them as a brand. If they (Indian players) can play in Australia or South Africa,” Gilchrist told reporters.

“But the challenge is that we are all playing our domestic seasons at the same time, so that’s hard, isn’t it?” he added.

Gilchrist’s suggestion came a day after he questioned the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises’ growing dominance in the world of cricket.

However, the three-time World Cup winner insisted he was not up against the most popular T20 competition in the world.

“I’m not criticizing the IPL, but why don’t Indian players come and play in the Big Bash league? I’ve never had an open and honest answer: why do some leagues have access to every player in the world? No Indian player plays in another T20 competition. I’m not saying it in a provocative sense, but is that a fair question?” he asked.

“I really want to emphasize (that the) six seasons (I played in the IPL) I loved it. It was a great experience. It is the most important T20 competition in the world, but it is important to allow other boards and countries stand to prosper too,” he added.

Must have patience with Rishabh Pant

Gilchrist once again praised India’s reckless wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant and urged the Indian board to be patient with him should things go wrong.

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“He (Pant) is one of the most exciting cricketers to watch. I think he just lights up a stage and creates an electric atmosphere when he plays, that’s great,” Gilchrist said.

“The BCCI, the management and the selectors will just have to be patient with him. If he doesn’t score in a few innings, they shouldn’t be too hard on him, because you don’t want to suppress the natural flair.” he added.

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