"Almost done with BCCI, wants to move abroad for opportunities"- Veteran Indian cricketer accuses BCCI for lesser opportunities
Veteran Indian opener Murali Vijay featured in his last game for India way back in 2018. It was the game against Australia at Perth Stadium, which India won. But Vijay's inconsistency with the bat made the Indian selectors ignore him, and it ended his international career.
Since then, he has not been picked for any series again. The veteran opener last played a Ranji game in December 2019, which means it was his last in his cricketing career. And with growing age, the 38-year-old hasn't given up on his dream of playing once again for the Indian team.
That is the reason that the veteran hasn't announced his retirement until now. However, on Friday, he revealed his further future plan if the BCCI didn't look at him. In an interview with Sportstar, Vijay said that he is done waiting and now wants to move abroad to pursue his cricketing career.
Vijay said, "I am almost done with BCCI (smiles) and looking for opportunities abroad. I want to play little bit of competitive cricket. After 30 in India, it’s a taboo (smiles). I think people see us as 80-year-olds. I feel you are peaking in your 30s. I feel I can bat the best way I can. But unfortunately, the opportunities were less, and I had to search for chances outside."
Notably, according to the policy of the BCCI, the Indian board doesn't allow any players to play any kind of franchise T20 cricket. However, they can play in any red-ball tournament or county league. An Indian player must retire from all forms of cricket to play in any overseas league.
Vijay has a familiar face on the Indian test side, especially overseas. He has played 61 Tests, 17 ODIs, and 9 T20Is and scored 3982, 339, and 169 runs. He has scored 12 Tests centuries with a high score of 167.