'I wish BCCI allows Indian players to play in foreign leagues' - Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina has suggested the BCCI rethink its policy of not permitting Indian players to partake in overseas leagues unless they have formally announced retirement.
Raina, who last played an international match in 2018, has been out of contention for the national side with the emergence of several solid middle-order batsmen in the current Indian line-up.
A veteran member of the three-time IPL-winning franchise Chennai Super Kings, Raina bemoaned the lack of opportunities in the domestic circuit and commented on the need to ply his trade in other competitions around the globe.
The 33-year-old felt participation elsewhere in foreign leagues would offer sidelined players a better chance to enhance their skillset and reestablish their credentials to propel into the selection radar.
"I wish BCCI plans something with ICC or the franchises that Indian players get to play foreign leagues. At least allow us to play in two different foreign leagues," Raina said during an Instagram Live session with compatriot Irfan Pathan.
"If we play quality cricket in terms of foreign leagues, then it would be good for us. All international players make a comeback by playing in all those leagues."
Last year, Yuvraj Singh became the most high-profile Indian to play in the Global T20 Canada tournament when he received the No-Objection Certificate after calling time on his career. Meanwhile, other Indians have not been too lucky as some players have been denied a NOC by the BCCI.
Left-arm seamer Pathan, who quit all forms of cricket earlier this year, agreed with Raina's opinions and declared his support for the idea of normalising T20 freelancers in Indian cricket.
He claimed this would help players above the age of 30 keep themselves involved in the game in lieu of being ignored by the national selectors.
"There is a different mindset in different countries. Michael Hussey made his debut at the age of 29 for Australia, an Indian player can never make his debut at the age of 30. I think as long as you are fit, you should be available to play for your country," Pathan said.
"I would suggest that all those players who are 30 years old and they are not on your radar to play international matches, you should allow them to play in foreign leagues."