In an upcoming meeting in Kolkata in the month of April, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will ponder over making changes to the norms of franchise T20 cricket in an effort to restrict drainage of talent.
ICC has decided to take this step seeing the increasing tendency of players to play these lucrative T20 franchise league and miss out on national commitments. West Indies is a prime example in this case where its top players are playing the Pakistan Super League while the team is busy playing World Cup qualifiers.
According to The Guardian, the ICC will look to restrict players under the age of 32 to three domestic T20 leagues per year, make regional T20 windows to carve out six months per year for international cricket and make the leagues pay 20 percent of a player’s value to the home board. This money, the report added, could be used for development of the sport at the grassroots level. The ICC is also expected to discuss the number of foreign players in each T20 tournament.
The report also said that while the Windies have been at the receiving end of this talent drain, countries like England and Australia has backed this move by their respective boards.
As far as BCCI is concerned, their policy of not letting its players in other leagues as well as already pushing in the 20 percent of the overseas player’s contract, should instigate them to support the movement.
The move is also directed to prevent any adverse effect on the upcoming ICC ODI and Test leagues, from T20 competitions.While the ICC is eying to become strict with the rules of franchise T20I cricket, at the same time the global body of cricket is making its best efforts to keep the standards of 50 and 20 over World cup high.