International Cricket Council (ICC) is going to limit cricketers from playing more than two T20 tournaments apart from their home leagues. ICC does not want too many T20 tournaments 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 of restricting a player from playing more than two T20 league popped up when the major boards started to complain that their players are preferring these domestic T20 leagues like Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League over International matches. Recently, South African superstar Ab De Villers has taken retirement from International cricket to focus more on T20 domestic leagues to sort out his monetary problems.
If Mumbai Mirror reports are to be believed, Some 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 first move of restricting players to play more than two T20 leagues was initiated by Windies Cricket Board (WICB) as most of their players take part in domestic T20 leagues all over the world.